Collaborative Innovation Summit to Bring Together Corporate Innovators & Startups

Inside/Outside Innovation Summit 2018 • May 29–31 • Lincoln, NE

LINCOLN (March 17, 2018) — On May 29–31, 2018, the second Inside/Outside Innovation Summit will bring together over 500 innovators to The Graduate Hotel in Lincoln, NE. Hosted by the Inside/Outside Innovation podcast and NXXT, Inc., this 2-day national conference, brings the best high-growth startup companies, corporate entrepreneurs, and community leaders together, to collide, learn, and interact with latest innovation trends and talent in the Midwest.

In addition to attendees being able to level-up their skills on customer validation, experimentation, design thinking, and lean startup techniques, attendees will have a front-row seat to engage with new startups, new technologies, new business models, and new talent from around the world.

“Corporate innovators and investors will meet and engage directly with startups and industry experts, as well as learn about the latest corporate innovation trends and the methods for injecting innovation into organizations,” said Brian Ardinger, CEO of NXXT. “We want to innovate together to help businesses in the Midwest remain competitive.”

Startups will benefit from a $100k investment pitch competition + $25k LNK Launch Grant; a Startup Showcase highlighting over 40 Seed/Series A startups; curated matchmaking for startups, enterprises, and investors; and speakers and sessions focused on trends, best practices, skills, and insights for delivering innovation inside and outside the enterprise. Startup Teams must apply ( to be included in the Showcase. Those not interested in the showcase or pitch competition, are still encouraged to attend the conference.

The Summit will feature more than 20 speakers, leading the world of startup and corporate innovation. They include:

Jack Elkins — Orlando Magic

Natalie Fratto — Silicon Valley Bank

David Bland — Precoil

Andrew Erlick — Indiegogo

Steve Glaveski — Collective Campus

Wendy Lea -Cintrifuse

Peter Gardner — Startgrid

Bart Foster — Sanitas Advisors

Megan Elliott — Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, and

Jeremy Lockhorn — SapientRazorfish.

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Summit Sponsors/Corporate Partners include Nelnet, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, Allo Communications, FUSE, Hudl, Prosper Lincoln, Method Mark, Optimist, Spreetail, Lincoln CVB, TenDot, Suiter Swantz IP, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Econic, Nebraska Innovation Campus, and The Startup Collaborative. Check out more sponsors here:

Tickets for the Inside/Outside Innovation Summit are $499 (early bird pricing through March 30). Ticket prices increase monthly. For more information or to register go to


More about NXXT, Inc.

NXXT ( helps startups & enterprise innovators accelerate growth and compete in a changing marketplace. We offer research and advisory services, training, immersive events, and a member network designed to foster innovation.

More about Inside/Outside Innovation podcast

The Inside/Outside Innovation ( podcast is an inside look at startups and innovation outside the Valley. It has highlighted startup and corporate innovators around the world including guests like Brad Feld, Alistair Croll, Diana Kander, March Hemeon, Brant Cooper, and more. With more than 100 episodes, the Inside/Outside podcast has been named among the 10 Best Podcasts for Designers & Innovators by Inc. Magazine.