The Combine will highlight one Combine Sponsor each month! This month's highlight is the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development. The Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development (LPED) is a public-private collaboration charged with fulfilling Lincoln’s Economic Development goals.
Lincoln, Nebraska is truly in the middle of it all. A new cityscape communicates a thriving economy, expansion of new business, influx of talent and endless opportunity. Lincoln is sweeping top national rankings which are validating its success, yet its charming character and modesty still rings true.
The Combine Incubator is located in Lincoln, Nebraska because we think it is the best possible place for an entrepreneur to grow a business.
With low costs, a strong workforce and robust business climate, Lincoln has a welcoming atmosphere for the innovative entrepreneurial community.
- Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development
Not only is it a great place to grow a business because it is a great place to live, but it is also in the heartland of America. The agricultural focus is ideal for Combine Incubator Companies that are developing an agricultural technology business. The Combine is developing a network of farmers, the Insights Network, to provide feedback and testing for the companies in the program.
Another great resource for entrepreneurs in Lincoln is the LaunchLNK Grant funded by LPED.
What is LaunchLNK?
LaunchLNK helps early-stage startups get established and grow in Lincoln, NE. LaunchLNK is supported by LPED, and it provides qualifying startups with a $25,000 grant, connections to potential sources of additional capital and mentors, and introductions to local corporations who may become early customers or partners.
Combine Incubator Company, Corral Technologies, founded by Jack Keating, won a LaunchLNK Award in 2021. Corral Technologies uses hardware and software to create a virtual fencing system, allowing ranchers to move, track and record data on their cattle to increase pasture utilization, decrease rent costs and save them countless hours of backbreaking work.
LPED believes that with the level of support and the unique advantages that Lincoln offers, startup founders have a greater chance of transforming their young businesses into thriving companies.
Another initiative led by LPED is StartupLNK. StartupLNK was created to celebrate the startups that call Lincoln home and to help people connect with the resources that can assist with the establishment and growth of their ventures. Lincoln has a thriving and diverse startup community. From weekly and monthly events to strong accelerators, awesome co-working spaces, and plenty of mentors willing to help, Lincoln is a perfect place to build a startup. The StartupLNK Calendar is one of The Combine Team's favorite features, as it makes it easy to find entrepreneurial events across the city every day.
The Combine Incubator is incredibly grateful to the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development for their generous sponsorship. If you'd like to learn more about LPED, please visit their website at https://www.selectlincoln.org/.
What is The Combine?
Invest Nebraska’s Combine Incubator is a statewide initiative focused on supporting high-growth agri-food entrepreneurs through mentoring, commercialization support, physical incubation space on Nebraska's Innovation Campus, and a network of supporting farmers and ranchers across the state. Invest Nebraska is a private, non-profit statewide venture development organization focused on high-growth companies in Nebraska and growing the state’s entrepreneurial economy. Invest Nebraska works directly with entrepreneurs, researchers, and companies to help commercialize their technologies, launch and grow new businesses, and access needed capital.