Shawn Kaskie
Center for Rural Research and Development director, 308.865.8135

The Center for Rural Research and Development at the University of Nebraska at Kearney has announced the second annual Central Nebraska Business Idea Contest.

“Your business idea does not have to be a fully-thought-out business model, just a description of the product or service, what need it serves, who your customers might be and how you would make it available to those customers,” said Shawn Kaskie, director for the UNK Center for Rural Research.

“To enter, simply submit a two-minute video of you pitching your idea, post in onto You Tube and paste the URL at http://www.pitchburner.com/unk,” Kaskie said. Submissions will be due Sunday, Oct. 29, at midnight. Further instructions on where and how to submit the video are available on the CRRD website: www.unk.edu/crrd.

“If you don’t have video equipment, you can stop by the CRRD on the UNK campus, and you can film your pitch at our office,” Kaskie said. “We’ll make sure it gets evaluated for a chance to be in the Top 10.” To set up a time at the CRRD office, individuals need to call 308.865.8199.

All videos submitted by the deadline will be evaluated, and the top 10 participants will be invited to present in a five minute question and answer session at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at KRave Underground, 2202 Central Ave. in downtown Kearney.

“The crowd will select the ‘best’ and will award first place the $1,000 prize, and second place will receive $500,” Kaskie said. “The purpose of this event is to support a culture of entrepreneurship in Central Nebraska by providing individuals with invaluable feedback.”

The event is sponsored by the Economic Development Council of Buffalo County and the Center for Research and Development in the UNK College of Business and Technology. More details are available at: www.unk.edu/crrd.