Go for Launch teaches hands-on entrepreneurial skills

KEARNEY – Go for Launch at UNK, a learning-by-doing workshop, will teach entrepreneurial skills to University of Nebraska at Kearney students and area entrepreneurs.

With a focus on business development, the Jan. 26-28 event at UNK is open to high school and college students, business professionals, budding entrepreneurs, inventors and technology experts. Registration fee is $50, with a special $25 student rate.

Lisa Tschauner
Lisa Tschauner

Participants progress through a series of modules that include ideation, team formation, customer discovery, rapid prototyping and a pitching workshop.

“Participants will be introduced to so many resources and mentors. They will receive professional feedback they can use as they create and grow their businesses,” said Lisa Tschauner, assistant director of the Center for Rural Research and Development. “This will be a comfortable place where everyone can share in the great ideas. The learning, networking and innovation that is available is of incredible value to anyone who has their mind on business development.”

During the workshop’s first day, participants will brainstorm, pitch preliminary ideas and get feedback. Participants don’t have to have a startup idea when they arrive. On the second day, attendees will find potential customers, receive mentorship, give intermediate pitches and get feedback. Area business experts will serve as mentors and judges throughout the event.

On the last day, participants will attend pitch workshops, which will lead to final pitches in front of business mentors and investors.

“This is a type of business boot camp that would typically cost hundreds of dollars for participants. We are so delighted to have the support to offer it to central Nebraska for such a low cost,” Tschauner said. “These opportunities are what will help us grow our local economy because of the energy and potential that comes from small business creation.”

Participants must apply by Jan. 19 to attend the workshop. Apply online at www.unk.edu/G4L

The event is sponsored by Enactus, Nebraska Business Development Center and UNK’s College of Business and Technology.


Source: Lisa Tschauner, 308.865.8135, tschaunerle@unk.edu