Venture capital forum returns to UNO


OMAHA, Nebraska (August 27, 2018)—The University of Nebraska and Pipeline Entrepreneurs, a regional entrepreneurial organization, are again offering the public a rare opportunity to peek inside the mind of venture capitalists next month.

James Linder, M.D., delivered the keynote address at UNeMed’s 11th annual Research Innovation Awards Banquet on Oct. 26, 2017. Dr. Linder is CEO at Nebraska Medicine, the former President and CEO of UNeMed, and served as Interim President of the University in 2014.

Set for Tuesday, Sept. 11, “Confessions of a Venture Capitalist” will feature a moderated and open conversation that should reveal all that seasoned investors seek in small businesses and startups.

The event will be in the Mammel Hall Auditorium at the University of Nebraska at Omaha at 6 p.m. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

James Linder, M.D., Nebraska Medicine CEO and former interim President of the University of Nebraska, will moderate the discussion.

“I am extraordinarily pleased that we can again host this program through the partnership of NU with Pipeline,” Linder said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for Nebraska students and local entrepreneurs to get insights into the securing of angel and venture funding. We are grateful that Tom is sharing experience that may ultimately help grow our local economy.”

The event will feature Pipeline mentor Tom Parkinson. Pipeline is an entrepreneurial fellowship that focuses on nurturing Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Parkinson is Senior Director of IllinoisVENTURES, and has been investing in, mentoring and advising technology-based startup companies for more than 30 years. He was a partner with Woodland Venture Management in Chicago where he helped raise and manage two venture capital funds. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of a successful seed capital fund affiliated with Northwestern University and the CFO of an award-winning technology business incubator.

“Confessions of a Venture Capitalist” is sponsored by UNO’s Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Franchising and UNeMed, the technology transfer and commercialization office for UNMC and UNO.

The event is free and open to all. To RSVP, go to

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