Lincoln (Neb.) - March 27, 1998 - A three-day conference April on entrepreneurship staged by the Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska College of Business Administration April 2-4 will consist of four main events under one tent.
The conference, which begins at 3 p.m. April 2 and ends at 2 p.m. April 4 at the Cornhusker Hotel and Burnham Yates Conference Center, will award more than $30,000 in scholarships, cash and prizes through the Donald Duncan/Duncan Aviation Business Plan Competition, the Promodel Corp. Productivity Improvement Competition, the Coleman Foundation Collegiate Entrepreneurs of the Heartland Conference and the Allen Dayton Young Entrereneur Contest. The Nebraska Entrepreneur of the Year awards also will be presented at the event.
The conference is expected to draw 250 college students from across the United States and Canada, plus 150 college and high school students from Nebraska in addition to prominent entrepreneurs from around the state.
In its 10th year, the Duncan Aviation Business Plan Competition gives teams of college students the opportunity to present a viable business plan to a team of judges - all successful entrepreneurs - for feedback. More than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the top teams in graduate and undergraduate divisions. Sponsors for the April 2-3 competition include Duncan Aviation, Cormack Enterprises, Sandhills Publishing and the Jim Gaylord family.
The Promodel Corp. Productivity Improvement Competition April 3 asks college students to demonstrate their ability to identify a problem in an organization, evaluate alternative courses of action and recommend a solution, much like what a consulting team would present to an organization's management. The competition includes tracks for service and medical applications and for manufacturing applications. Students will compete for $10,000 in cash and prizes before a combination of industry and academic judges. Sponsors include Promodel, Pella Corp., Inacom and National Crane.
The third-annual Coleman Foundation Collegiate Entrepreneurs of the Heartland Conference April 4 will give college and high school students the opportunity to learn how to raise and spend money, how to put together a successful business team and how to use emerging technologies to improve business. Lou Keller of Promodel will provide the keynote address and prominent business people will be in attendance to share their experiences with students and faculty. The Gupta Institute for Enterprise Development sponsors scholarships for university students to attend this event.
Also on April 4, 10 Nebraska high school seniors chosen from a field of more than 300 in the Allen Dayton Young Entrepreneur Contest will receive $10,000 in scholarships to the University of Nebraska. The contest recognizes high school seniors with outstanding potential to become entrepreneurs and to build successful businesses. Entrants submitted essays and finalists were interviewed to elaborate on their entrepreneurial skills and outlooks.
In addition, six Nebraska entrepreneurs will receive Entrepreneur of the Year awards at the honors luncheon April 4.
For registration and other information about the conference,
call the Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship at (402) 472-3353.
For questions regarding these releases, contact:
(402) 472-8514, Fax: (402) 472-7825