A hands-on interactive workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs with BIG ideas!

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Nebraska Business Development Center is hosting a hands-on interactive workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs with BIG ideas! This multi-session training in Grand Island will prepare entrepreneurs to discover the business value of their idea and be ready to successfully pitch their innovation to attract potential investors and partners. Our first session starts August 29th!  Find more details and how to register in the flyer below!

We're looking for entrepreneurs with big ideas who are ready to start thinking in terms of business. Together we will explore solutions to business problems, routes for commercialization, and in the end, define a value proposition and a pathway to growth. You will:

  • Analyze your innovation, research or business idea to determine its market potential
  • Learn how to attract investors and potential partners
  • Discover steps you can take that add the most value to your path to commercialization


On-your-feet, interactive, pre-commercialization clinic


You will use the WENDY KENNEDY PROGRAM methodology and tools to fully examine the value of your idea and its potential in the market. These are working meetings, NOT training workshops. At the end of the six-week program, you will be ready to successfully pitch your idea.


  • Entrepreneurs and inventors interested in testing the viability of ideas
  • Researchers, scientists and engineers ready to think in terms of business
  • Small and mid-size companies exploring new product ideas
  • Coaches, mentors, counselors working with start ups


Wednesdays, August 29 - October 3

1:00-4:00 P.M. CST


Registration closes August 22


College Park, Room 200,

3180 West U.S. Highway 34

Grand Island, NE


FEES: $300 (plus fees) per person. Fee will include a WKI methodology book and materials.


Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation is offering a financial sponsorship for up to 8 participants. Grand Island Economic Development will forgive the second half of the tuition fee. The $150 refund will be available to participants that take the next step.  


Call or email Rick Yoder or Wei Jing during business hours at 402.554.2521 to set up a meeting in order to ensure that the program is a fit for you and learn how to qualify for the refund.

Rick Yoder is a technology commercialization specialist with the Nebraska Business Development Center