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JumpStart Challenge links talent, opportunity

Lincoln has a diverse industry base and plenty of software and application design talent. But like many communities, the right people are not always in the same room discussing their challenges and potential solutions.

To match opportunities for innovation in local companies with people who are equipped and eager to address challenges, the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, NMotion, Fuse Coworking, VentureTech and Nebraska Innovation Campus present JumpStart Challenge.

JumpStart Challenge is a program designed to bring talented people together to network, focus on key industry issues and co-create solutions to ultimately generate startup businesses here in Lincoln.

“The focus of JumpStart Challenge allows designers, developers and entrepreneurs to begin by concentrating on major industry problems, providing solutions and winning a test-bed period to further refine their products,” said Pat Haverty, vice president of the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development. “Our hope as organizers is that this interaction will lead to a new business or innovative product which is developed and based right here in Lincoln.”

JumpStart Challenge will host an informational session on Feb. 22 to educate interested individuals on industry challenges. Individuals will form teams based on their interest in a specific issue. For the next six weeks, these groups will work to find a solution and create a presentation to showcase at the “Challenge” on April 5. Teams will be judged by the companies that presented their issues. In turn, the participating company will reward its winning team with time, mentoring, office space and resources.

“This is not the standard model quick pitch competition,” said Brian Ardinger, managing director at NMotion, a startup accelerator based in Lincoln. “JumpStart Challenge will bring individuals together from all across Lincoln and Nebraska to introduce business relationships, create synergy and co-create new businesses for Lincoln.”

Press release provided by the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development. For more information on JumpStart Challenge and how to get involved, visit www.jumpstartchallenge.com.