Providing Early Stage Capital

Financial Support Opportunities

Early stage, high-growth businesses in Nebraska are eligible for funding through The Department of Economic Development's Business Innovation Act.
Prototype Grant Fund
The Prototype Grant is a matching grant that provides financial assistance for product development to businesses operating in Nebraska. Applications for this grant are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted.

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SBIR Matching Grants
The Nebraska SBIR/STTR Initiative provides funding during two phases of the Federal SBIR/STTR process. In Phase 0, funds are available to assist Nebraska small businesses during the federal application process.

In phases 1 and 2, matching grants from the Nebraska Initiative are available for successful federal applications to support research and commercialization.
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Research & Development Grant Program
The Academic Research & Development Grant Program offers Nebraska businesses a matching competitive grant for research and development activities done in conjunction with a Nebraska college or university.

Research and development for this grant is primarily driven by the academic component. It should be directed toward the following:
  • Commercialization of new projects.
  • Modification of existing products that lead to substantially improved marketability.
  • Improvement of existing processes that may provide a new source of revenue to Nebraska businesses.
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Access to Venture Capital
Invest Nebraska focuses on funding and developing high growth companies that create high-wage jobs and attract out-of-state capital to Nebraska. The Nebraska Seed Investment Program invests in Nebraska businesses for commercialization of a product or process. This financing often supports the seed or series A round of capital for early stage companies.

Invest Nebraska has invested over $20M in more than 50 high growth companies across the state. These investments have been matched by over $90M in private capital investments. These partnering co-investors, as well as mentors with a background in venture capital, represent capital resources from various sectors of food, agriculture and innovation.