UNK's Entrepreneurship and Rural Development Outreach Center
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UNK Entrepreneurship Center
The Center for Rural Research and Development (CRRD) is now the University's Entrepreneurship Center, which includes International Entrepreneurship; it was restructured during early 2007.
(Center for Rural Research and Development) the University has increased its ability to respond to the education and training needs of business owners in rural Nebraska and doing business in a global marketplace.
The mission of the Center for Rural Research and Development focuses on empowering the region's residents to seek avenues of rural economic development by building entrepreneurial and professional capacity, and by encouraging creative thinking about the economic growth of our region. The center promotes the "grow-your-own" philosophy of economic development, known as economic gardening, as well as other approaches to economic and business development.
The center focuses on outreach efforts, offering a portfolio of innovative programs and initiatives for various constituencies.
These programs are organized into three areas: university, community, and global partnerships.
- This link provides a presentation of highlights of a recent study on Rural Retail Success
- Attention NEF/Beatrice Chamber forum attendees: Here's the link for the lunch presentation by Shawn Kaskie on November 30, 2010
The Rural Futures Institute (RFI)
Rural Futures Institute is currently accepting applications for the fourth round of RFI Competitive Awards. This is an opportunity to turn your research or teaching ideas into action that can have an impact on rural people and places.
There are two types of awards you can apply for:
1. Research & Engagement - Submission deadline: March 15, 2016
The purpose of the RFI Research & Engagement Award is to foster the development of research and engagement work that addresses critical challenges and opportunities facing rural areas. These awards are to function as "seed grants" that are designed to lay the foundation for larger requests to funding sources external to the University of Nebraska.
2. Teaching & Engagement - Submission deadline: March 1, 2016
The purpose of the RFI Teaching & Engagement Award is to foster the development of teaching and engagement work that establishes a tradition of faculty-led community engagement and service learning programming. The award program particularly encourages the development of civic engagement in both students and community partners and encourages college student involvement in providing services to meet the community's needs.
You can find the timelines for both programs and the full RFPs on the RFI website. Proposal submission instructions are included in the RFPs.
As you develop your proposals, keep in mind we are looking for BOLD, INNOVATIVE and TRANSDICIPLINARY project ideas. If you need assistance in identifying potential partners, let us know and we will do whatever we can to help connect you with potential partners.
We look forward to seeing your big ideas!
Did you know? Rapid Prototyping can be done at UNK!
UNK is here to help with your prototyping needs! Businesses of all sizes and shapes....no pun intended......can use this great technology to build a model, or even a fully-functional part, for concept development, sales or testing of fit and function.
5th Annual Central Nebraska Business Idea Contest
Congratulations to the winners of this year's Business Idea Contest and a special thank you to our sponsors and everyone who helped make the event a success!
Check out the links below to view the news coverage of the Business Idea Contest Live Event
Kearney Hub News Article
NTV News Coverage
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