The Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Develop­ment offers a variety of events including Big Idea Kear­ney, a business idea contest for UNK students, and the community. They offer a three-day startup weekend event for students and the community. As part of the College of Business and Technology, the CERD carries out their mission by collaborating with the manage­ment department to support the classes offered in the entrepreneurship minor. The team also works with faculty in CBT to execute various research projects and to support the annual Tri-City Area Economic Forum each fall. In 2018, the CERD piloted the first Entrepre­neurial Living-Learning Community. The team offers youth entrepreneurship program camps in the sum­mer and supports the Enactus team in offering a high school program in the fall; New Venture Adventure. In the fall of 2017, the CERD initiated the first ever Central Nebraska Startup Week and either hosted, partnered, sponsored or promoted over 20 different entrepreneur­ial events throughout the Tri Cities.

Business Idea Contest

The Big Idea Contest is a business pitch competition open to both UNK students and community members.

Light It Up!

Find out about our annual Entrepreneurship awards, and learn how you can nominate an entrepreneur.

Economic Forum

Learn all about our tri-city economic forum and how you can participate.

Pro Talks

Expert advice from the pros that know. Join us at our next event on Tuesday, March 8th at the West Center building near the Brewed Awakening coffee shop.
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Youth Programs

Biz Kidz
Follow the link to find more information on this summer entrepreneurship camp designed for students ages 11-13.

Lemonade Stand
Learn more about our entrepreneurship camp for students in 4th and 5th grade.

High School Programs

Go For Launch
Check out our interactive summer camp for High School Students.

New Venture Adventure (NVA)
Visit our NVA page to get more information about this informative one-day event for high school students.

NVA on the Road
NVA now comes to you! Check the NVA on the Road page to learn more about how UNK Enactus can work with you to host an NVA event at your own school.

Adulting 101
Take a look at our Adulting 101 event if your students are interested in learning some basic, and very useful, life skills from UNK college students!

Student Organization Activities

Enactus hosts numerous student and community events throughout the year in partnership in partnership with CERD.