Last fall, we inked paperwork solidifying a three-way merge of three ecosystem leaders: the Greater Omaha Chamber’s entrepreneurship and innovation division, Omaha Startup Collaborative and Straight Shot.

The result? The Startup Collaborative, powered by the Greater Omaha Chamber, an inspired and accountable growth-seeking approach to company and community building with one goal: to radically improve the odds of startup success.

Company Building

We evaluated our legacy 90-day accelerator and traditional incubator models. We loved the tribes those programs created, the sense of urgency and the inspiration. What we didn’t love: arbitrary dates, unwarranted signals of growth and limitless distractions.

The result? An entirely new approach to on-demand acceleration. Startup Fellows within TSC work alongside their peers to earn sequential, quantifiable, proven traction. With growth, we offer incentives including access to venture funding, dedicated interns, inclusion on investor roadshows and tribal workspace within HQ.

Even better is that the fellowship is led by many of our ecosystem’s best domain experts.

Community Building

If our goal is to radically improve the odds of startup success, and it is, then we need to create an entire community supportive and embracing of starting up! Everyone wins if our talent pool thinks more entrepreneurially… if we’re more inclined to seek quantifiable growth… if we’re more brazen in our ventures.

Purposeful events, serendipitous connections, a myriad of engaging and topical entrepreneurship meetups. Community building is all about getting people off the sidelines and into the game. We’re on the hook for 200+ events in 2017 intended to do just that.

Thankfully, we’re side-by-side a dedicated team of community leaders vested in this vision.

What’s Next?

All of us need to go all-in on this vision to radically improve the odds of success. The first step? Join us to celebrate the launch of this ecosystem’s next era.

Let’s get radical!

Nathan Preheim + Erica Wassinger