Founder Friday

Founder Friday is an opportunity to connect with other entrepreneurs in the Lincoln Nebraska startup ecosystem.

Every Friday Big Red Startups and The Center for Entrepreneurship hosts a digital event with one successful founder as a guest to highlight his journey and the wisdom they have gotten along the way. Be prepared to ask questions and find answers to provide clarity on your own entrepreneurial journey.

  • Jessica Charlsen: July 10th, 2020
  • Mitch West: July 17th
  • Nicole Osborn: July 24th
  • Jay Wilkinson: July 31st

This event is a great way to meet and connect with individuals in the University and Lincoln startup ecosystem

Attendees will get:

  • The opportunity to network with like-minded individuals
  • Learn from seasoned entrepreneurs
  • Access to an inclusive community of resources and connections

About the speakers:

  • Jessica Charlsen, Co-Founder of Job Share Connect.

Longtime marketing professional with experience in both the corporate & ad agency worlds. As a cross-functional team leader, her experience is focused on strategic growth initiatives and partnerships.

  • Mitch West, Co-Founder of Perfect Pour Studios

With a background in music and theatre, Mitch has always had entrepreneurial tendencies that collided with media starting with DJing being his first venture. Following this came the development of a brand strategy agency.

  • Nikki Osborn, Founder of Meridian Clinical Research

With no heavy background in business, Nikki started out as a nurse and saw an opportunity to dictate her own future. Now she oversees 20 locations which employs over 200 employees and 10 of her locations are focusing on Coronavirus testing.

  • Jay Wilkinson, Founder of Firespring

Always having an entrepreneurial itch, Jay had started 8 companies by the time he graduated college. This has led to him making over 50 angel investments and operating several companies with over 1m in revenue.

About Us

The Center for Entrepreneurship

With the resources, faculty and collaboration available at Nebraska, you will collaborate, innovate, research and contribute to successful ventures on day one. Whether all you have is an idea or your business is well underway, the Center for Entrepreneurship offers mentorships, workshops, competition and funding opportunities to help you grow.

Big Red Startups

As a student organization, Big Red Startup’s mission is to provide resources and connections for student entrepreneurs to be succesful. They accomplish this through events, competitions, and community partnerships.

The event is finished.


Jul 17 2020


12:30 pm - 2:00 pm



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