Omaha’s Only
Startup Incubator

Using the world-class research of UNMC
and UNO to add value to startups.

UNeTech is an entrepreneurial support organization,
in collaboration with UNO and UNMC.

We exist to connect…


Currently most of our inventions
come from UNMC’s IP portfolio managed by UNeMed.

UNeTech builds most of the companies in the incubator from scratch: pairing university inventions with community entrepreneurs to accelerate
startup formation. 


We seek support from investors
locally and nationally.

UNeTech is an early investor, building sweat equity alongside
the brilliant innovation from Omaha’s university campuses
and the dedicated work of community entrepreneurs.


We seek entrepreneurs locally
and nationally with a goal of finding entrepreneurs from historically
excluded communities.

UNeTech helps to create and launch its portfolio companies until they can build their own customers or achieve their first round of fundraising.

Mission & Vision

UNeTech supports entrepreneurs and innovators by harnessing the resources of the University of Nebraska ecosystem and the Omaha and greater Nebraska community.

We work with some of the brightest minds in the state and, with the support of the University of Nebraska college system, launch their ideas into the public sphere where they can have an impact on your life. 

We Nurture


We Champion


We Cultivate


We Strive For


Through Failure
We Have


Meet the UNeTeam

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Jennifer Pool, MPA

Community Engagement Coordinator

Jennifer Pool should have been a camp counselor. But now, in her role as Community Engagement Coordinator she gets to act like one. Jennifer has worked and interacted with a wide variety of people and organizations in Omaha. She taps into that network of friends and connections to expand UNeTech’s community network as far as it will go. You can find Jennifer hosting booths at community events, attending conferences, and generally out and about in the Omaha and greater Nebraska community.

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Joe Runge, JD, MS

Associate Director

Joe Runge is the first person you’ll meet at UNeTech Institute. Joe leverages his relationships with the medical and startup communities to promote the great work we do and to coordinate our efforts with our invaluable partners. Joe works closely with university leaders to generate support for the joint partnership between UNMC and UNO that is UNeTech.

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Noah Wester

3D Modeling Technician

As 3D Modeling Technician, Noah serves as a technical collaborator to help invest-igators consider the technical hurdles of transitioning great ideas into vital products. He is a collaborative partner to consider production, regulatory, design and scalability from project inception. Noah works closely with a team of students from University of Nebraska, Metropolitan Community College, and institutions abroad to help advance inventor’s designs and prototypes towards commercialization.

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Lamonte Russell

Strategy & Ventures Manager

Lamonte works with you on your go-to-market strategy and helps you prepare to find your first customers and raise funds from investors. He helps lead the Maverick Technology Ventures Alliance– a team of undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Nebraska Omaha College of Business – as they complete market and competitive analysis reports, which provide the insight you will need to design and market your products.

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Stephanie Kidd, PhD

Communications Strategist

Every business in our incubator will spend some time with the communications team and with our Communications Strategist. Stephanie is well-equipped to create a communications strategy for you and company that will help you determine how to move forward on your company website and social media. Her team will help you find your brand strategy and map out your marketing materials as your company takes shape.

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Stephen Hug

Entrepreneur In Residence

With more than 25 years of industry experience, Stephen offers you a wealth of operational and financial expertise. When it comes time to partner with members of the community to find funding, Stephen is your financial guru with the knowledge to know what your next step will be. Your time with his team will empower you with details about Opportunity Zone funding, tax code and write offs, private investors, angel investors, and our partners at Proven Ventures.

Community Partnerships

Mission-Driven Organizations
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 Institutions of Higher Learning
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Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Franchising



Center for Advanced & Emerging Technology

Jim and Karen Linder Maker Studio at the McGoogan Health Sciences Library

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Prototype Design Lab

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Funding Partners
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Logo
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Meet our notable partner, NeVRNER!

Nebraska VR Network for Education & Research (NeVRNER) serves as a unique platform for faculty and staff to get together and discuss how to use technology - virtual reality and simulation - to advance medical education and research, and help students or trainees to maximize their learning experience.

Ready To Collaborate?

UNeTech can assist on any technical matter when someone at the University of Nebraska Omaha or University of Nebraska Medical Center is engaged in meaningful research – it’s pretty hard to find something we can’t help you with!