Husker Entrepreneurs

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At Nebraska, the Silicon Prairie extends into the classroom and on campus where Huskers are developing businesses from the ground up. These past and present students walked the same campus as you, probably took some of the same classes as you, and come from all kinds of backgrounds. They took their grit and passion and turned it into something fantastic — and we love to celebrate their entrepreneurship!

Lizz Whitacre

Lizz stands on a stage with Justin accepting their New Venture Competition win.
In 2018, Lizz pitched an early version of Pawlytics alongside fellow Husker alum Justin Collier, earning $25,000 in prize money by winning Nebraska’s New Venture Competition.

Lizz has allowed her entrepreneurial spirit and love for animals to lead her to not one, but two business ventures. This recent Husker grad has created Family Pet Project, a site for pet rehoming, and Pawlytics, a data management system for shelters.

Hannah Esch

Hannah Esch holds a wooden cutting board and some of her Oak Barn Beef product.
Through the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, Hannah developed her company Oak Barn Beef.

As an animal science student, Hannah noticed there was a disconnect between beef producers and their customers — so she decided to make a change. As an undergrad she started Oak Barn Beef, a direct to consumer cattle company based on her family’s farm.

Roberto Lambert Natituriki, Ben Atali and Japhet Ingeri Reagan

Roberto, Ben and Japhet stand wearing masks in the Nebraska Union
With support from Engler, these three Huskers are starting a business from the ground up. Photo credit: jar_inks on Instagram.

Three current Husker students recently launched a product for good. JAR lnk sells apparel that doubles as a fashion statement and a donation. A portion of the proceeds from each sale go towards providing healthcare for those in need in Rwanda.

Jordan Lambrecht, Karley Johnson and Tony Bertino

Jordan poses in front of computers inside Pixel Bakery
Jordan stands inside Pixel Bakery Design Studio, which he co-founded in 2015 after meeting Karley and Tony in Jacht, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s student-run advertising agency.

After meeting in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, three UNL grads decided to pave their way and start a design studio of their own. Pixel Bakery has found their space as design experts, and has worked with clients like YouTube Originals, Cargill and Allo.

Thinking about becoming an entrepreneur yourself? The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is a great place to start! Entrepreneurship at Nebraska has strong roots in helping students achieve beyond the classroom, with resources at the ready to connect you across the university and beyond. Consider pursuing an entrepreneurship minor or concentration, becoming an Engler Entrepreneur, or look into taking part in the vast entrepreneur mentorship program offered through the university. Get started.

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