UNK's Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development



Nominate an Entrepreneur for the Annual "Light It Up" Entrepreneurship Awards Celebration

Light it up entrepreneurship awards
Do you know an outstanding Entrepreneur who's deserving of some recognition? Each year, CERD recognizes several individuals for their Entrepreneurial efforts. We are currently accepting nominations for the categories of:
  • Student Entrepreneur
  • Emerging Entrepreneur
  • Entrepreneurship Advocate
  • UNK Entrepreneur Alumni
  • Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Award winners will be selected and honored at our "Light it Up!" celebration event in April. Nominations are due by April 1.
Visit: unk.edu/eshipawards to nominate an entrepreneur today!

Join the Entrepreneurship Living-Learning Community (ELLC)

ELLC students throw your lopesYou could live in a community of like-minded, innovative and forward-thinking students. Check out the ELLC page to learn more about our inclusive community and how you can be part of it next year!



Program Impact

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  • Over 13,500 external stakeholders participated in the Center's Entrepreneurship, Economic Development, or Advanced Market Research programsGraphic of town
  • The Center's survey services/data analysis led to successful grant awards for 11 NE communities; over $3.5 million in grant projects were leveraged by over $800k in local project matching funds
  • $25,000 average increase in revenue (or savings) from businesses (115) assisted
  • Over 3,000 students participated in the Center's programming
  • Over 200 Nebraska residents are impacted annually by the Enactus social entrepreneurship student group, which also manages the first ever on-campus student business, Brewed Awakening (coffee shop)