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Campus Overview

Promoting student innovation and entrepreneurship: The University of Nebraska, Omaha (UNO) is gradually growing their I&E learning opportunities through Entrepreneurial and Innovative courses for Entrepreneurship minors and IT Innovation Majors. The campus offers a few events that inspire students to improve their skills in I&E. UNO has quite a few student organizations and regular competitions that utilize the students' Innovation and Entrepreneurial skills in the process. UNO has a few workshops and studios for I&E iterative prototyping, designing, and creating. However, many of these spaces are unknown or restricted to a select group of students and/or faculty. Criss Library, UNO's main library on campus, is the home of the Creative Production Lab which is open to all students and faculty to utilize with a reduced cost for certain materials if needed.

Encouraging faculty innovation and entrepreneurship: Many undergraduate students ideate and develop capstone projects in and outside of class. With the gradual improvement of I&E overall on campus, students can easily find assistance from innovative and entrepreneurial staff and faculty. The community at UNO is motivated by the staff and faculty behind each club, organization, or class as the students take the wheel in the process of successfully creating change in some meaningful way. For example, the student government is coached by faculty, pushing them to implement positive change. 

Actively supporting the university technology transfer function: Currently, UNO does not have a technology transfer office.

Facilitating university-industry collaboration: There are many creative spaces surrounding UNO that are open to the public for collaborating and practicing I&E skills. UNO is home to a collaborative meeting ground in a building called the Community Engagement Center that brings in neighboring nonprofits, organizations, and business to allow exposure to the students. In turn, this opens up internships and job positions. Job fairs are thrown frequently over the course of each year bring new businesses and organizations for students to get involved with. Many smaller businesses or startups attend these job fairs allowing for each student to have a sense of change within their new acquainted position. UNO also has mentoring programs such as the Success Academy or Thompson Learning Community that help guide students through the college experience during their time at the university. 

Engaging with regional and local economic development efforts: With recent budget cuts for UNO, many staff and students had to adapt to save money where possible. UNO has always been greatly involved with the local community via events, fundraising, partnerships, etc. UNO is a great helper in the field of community service in strengthening our bonds with the surrounding community in hopes of improving our economic support.