UNL’s Innovation Campus has $372M impact & creates 2,000 jobs
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Innovation Campus at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is helping to turn ideas into reality in a huge way.
In 2020 alone, the NIC created $372 million in economic impact and nearly 2,000 jobs.
The campus provides faculty, staff and student startups the workspace, expertise and resources needed to move their innovations from the bench to business.
“We’re proud to support campus innovators as they forge a path from the laboratory to the marketplace,” said Bob Wilhelm, vice chancellor for research and economic development. “These NIC-based resources are intended to help translate university research into products and services that will help people in Nebraska and beyond, and support startups that will boost and diversify our state’s economy.”
The Biotech Connector is housed in NIC’s Food Innovation Center and is the state’s first wet-lab incubator.
It provides incubation space and services to bioscience startups and high-growth biotech and research-based businesses.
Entrepreneurs can rent up to 2,000 square feet of lab space with access to shared equipment, mentorship and commercialization support.
Food and agriculture innovators can tap into the expertise and networking opportunities of The Combine, a statewide initiative targeting high-growth entrepreneurs.
As one of the nation’s top makerspaces, Nebraska Innovation Studio is another valuable resource. Its rapid prototyping room houses equipment tailored for 2D and 3D materials and benefits startups that need a cost effective, efficient approach for prototyping or modeling.
NIC is also home to The Suite Spot, a new incubator space where food companies can work closely with the university’s Food Processing Center staff and equipment. It provides an address and work station for university-based companies that are working toward seed funding.
“All of these areas and more offer space, equipment and programming for startups, including faculty, staff and student startups,” said Daniel Duncan, NIC executive director. “NIC is proud to be an asset and resource to university, local and statewide startup ecosystems.”