It's undeniable; every company has business hurdles they're facing in the workplace every day. Businesses spin their tires to find solutions to these issues, and now, we're telling them to ease up, pick up those industry problems and bring them to the table for you to give a whack at solving.

It doesn't matter who you are, or where you're from; all you need is a crazy creative mind, fiery passion, and a little courage to bring yourself and your friends to join in the JumpStart Challenge. Who knows? Your brilliant idea could change the entire landscape of the industry. How about that for opportunity?

Here's How It Works:

As you know, Lincoln is a city full of software and application design talent. Atop of that, Lincoln is a city defined by a diverse industry base, and like many communities, we're not always sitting in the same room discussing the challenges we have and potential solutions. And that is what this event is all about, bringing brilliant minds together to focus on issues to come together, network and co-create a solution with opportunity to create an amazing outcome for the industries at hand.

Here's How You Can Get Involved:

February 9, 2015 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Location: TBD

Leading businesses from different industries are bringing their biggest issue in their line of work. Entrepreneurs, designers, developers, and all of the above are invited to the table to hear the issues, pick a challenge and form a team with other individuals from across the city to collaborate on and attack for the next ten days.

February 19, 2015 | Starting at 5:30 p.m. | Location: TBD

Upon their return, groups will bring their chosen corporate challenge back to the table with a solution in hand. Groups are invited to pitch their solutions and demo in a final competition. The winning team in each category will have the opportunity to collaborate with a corporation to move the idea forward.

The Goal:

In the end, the goal is to have identified three to four vertical issues with a solution to solve for each corporation category. Since entrepreneurs aren't ones for coloring in the lines, a "wild card" option will be available for those ideas not tied to a specific corporation.

To top it off, awesome prizes will be given to the winning teams. Now who doesn't love a little extra incentive to be amazing?

Corporation Categories & Problems:

The Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development (LPED) is looking for companies to present an industry challenge to the Lincoln entrepreneurial community in a reverse-pitch event. Potential problems should have scalable solutions that are industry-wide rather than company specific. We are looking for challenges that can be solved with technology. Ideally, the winning idea(s) to solve the presented challenge will be disruptive and result in a high-growth, high-innovation solution. We would love to discuss potential challenges your company could present for the JumpStart Challenge 2015!

Interested? Contact Christina Oldfather at by January 15, 2015.


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The Fine Print:

All participants must be Nebraska residents. Non-Lincoln area individuals may participate, however a substantial connection to a Lincoln business or team is required. For questions, please contact Christina Oldfather at