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 asking them to bring those issues 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 11, 2016 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Location: Vega, 350 Canopy Street, #220

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.

Corporate Reverse Pitch: TBA

Open Pitch Competition Rules and Q&A
Have a business idea or a business less than 6 months old? Interested in winning a $1000 cash prize and free coworking at FUSE?* Find out what it takes to participate!

Speed Networking
It's like speed dating for startups. Looking for a team member, a co-founder, a developer, a mentor? You just might find what you are looking for!

Register for the Jumpstart Challenge information session:       


February 20, 2016 | 12-3 p.m. | Location: The Barnyard, 151 N. 8th Street, Basement level

Corporate Pitch:Upon their return, groups will bring their chosen challenge back to the table with a solution in hand. Groups are invited to pitch their solutions and demo in a final competition. Each team will have six minutes to pitch their solution and four minutes for Q&A with the judges. The winning team in each category will have the opportunity to collaborate with a corporation to move the idea forward and participate in a 5-Day Design Sprint workshop.

Open Pitch:
Teams participating in the open pitch competition will have six minutes to pitch their idea/business and four minutes for Q&A with the judges. The winning team will receive a $1000 cash prize, a 5-Day Design Sprint workshop and free coworking at FUSE.*

Register your team: Coming Soon!

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, an open pitch competition 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:

Is your company interested in presenting a challenge and jumpstarting innovation? Contact Christina Oldfather at


Partnering Organizations:






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 *Free Coworking space is for a limited time.