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Entrepreneurship task force hosting town halls

The Nebraska Legislature’s Venture Development and Entrepreneurship Task Force plans to hold five town hall meetings across the state this summer, including in Lincoln.

The task force, made up of state sens. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, Matt Williams of Gothenburg, Paul Schumacher of Columbus, Al Davis of Hyannis, John Stinner of Gering, and Mark Kolterman of Seward, is charged to examine and review the role entrepreneurship and innovation play in Nebraska’s economy.

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Next Innovation Campus building on track

In two weeks, construction fences will go up on the site of the next Nebraska Innovation Campus building -- 80,000 square feet under development by Tetrad Property Group.

At first, the fence will encircle an area set aside for activities related to this year’s Cattlemen’s Ball, which begins June 3 in Lincoln and has a dinner that night at Innovation Campus.

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Nebraska Innovation Campus [Gwyneth Roberts/Lincoln Journal Star file photo]

Nebraska Innovation Studio offers holiday fun, looks at maker technology

Through a Plexiglass window, kids stared down into the big whirring machine as lasers turned paper into snowflakes. They sat on stools or peered on tip toes while parents hovered over them, trying to catch their own glance.

This laser cutter and many other attractions, which included button and ornament making, were all part of Saturday's Holiday Maker Extravaganza at Nebraska Innovation Studio located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Innovation Campus.

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Lauren Zeleny scrutinizes the innards of a laser-cutting machine as it works on a paper snowflake on Saturday at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Hour of Code offers interactive experience for families

Saturday was a morning for coding and tinkering with technology at the Nebraska Innovation Campus.

It was the second time the "Hour of Code" was held to help people of all ages learn the basics of coding through self-guided tutorials, and to get children interested in computer science. Read More

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More than 500 people learned the basics of coding at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Hour of Code event Saturday morning.

Grant to boost Innovation Campus, biotech startups

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will use a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to build biotechnology lab space at Nebraska Innovation Campus for small and start-up companies.

Together with unused construction funds to match the Economic Development Administration's grant, UNL will create a “biotechnology connector program” to stimulate economic growth in fields from agriculture to pharmaceuticals in Nebraska.

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UNL Go B1G Red flags line downtown streets

Innovation Campus greenhouse puts plants through the paces

A single stalk of sorghum -- planted in a two-gallon bucket -- was the star of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Fascination of Plants Day, an event showcasing how the leafy lifeforms are integral to life.

Winding its way down a conveyor belt and through several chambers with doors automatically opening with a hydraulic hiss, the plant was the focal point of a sneak preview of greenhouses going up on Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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Agronomy and horticulture professor Daniel Schachtman gives a tour of the greenhouse and newly installed LemnaTec plant phenotyping system Monday at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Innovation Campus adds Korean food processor

Suji Park owns and operates Korean restaurants in South Korea and Japan -- and caters food service at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul -- but she has long been drawn to Nebraska’s status as the Beef State.

“It’s the Silicon Valley of red meat,” said Park, whose Suji’s Cuisine was announced Monday as the fifth private company and first international tenant of Nebraska Innovation Campus. They already have a sales office employing six people in Omaha.

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Suji Park, founder of Food Dreams Made Real, delivers remarks Monday at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Her company, Suji's Cuisine USA, a producer of South Korean prepared meals, is opening an office at the campus for research and development.

Wood cut from State Fair Park trees crafted into table

In line with the renovation of the former 4-H Building and Industrial Arts Building, Nebraska Innovation Campus is continuing to make the old new. Click here for the full story.

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Cheryl Horst (from left), Rose Robotham and Phill Bakken, of NUtech Ventures work Monday at the boardroom table in the Innovation Commons building on Innovation campus. The table was built using green ash from trees cut down at the former State Fair Park.

Innovation Campus adds three business partners

The market for crop imaging by drones was saturated, so Vishal Singh pivoted to using unmanned aerial vehicles in the beef industry.

Singh found a need to identify individual ailing cattle within a herd as a measure to improve food production and raise margins, so he experimented with fixing a thermal imaging camera to a drone to look for changes in temperature in the animals.

That idea, too, had trouble getting off the ground.

“The problem, of course, is that the cattle don’t hold still for you,” Singh said.

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Construction continues on the Greenhouse Innovation Center at Nebraska Innovation Campus on Tuesday, when UNL officials announced three new campus tenants.

UNL to sublease space at Innovation Campus

Nebraska Innovation Campus could move closer to independence when the University of Nebraska Board of Regents considers giving the research and development park more authority over its operations.

Regents are set to consider allowing the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to approve subleases within its master-leased areas of Innovation Campus, as well as add structures to the terms of directors overseeing campus operations.

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Construction continues on the east side of the Food Innovation Center at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Work continues to transform the former Industrial Arts Building into greenhouse and office space.