The Maverick Venture Fund invests seed capital into startups, targeting those founded by UNO students and alumni. Student Analysts perform due diligence, conduct pitch events, and enable local startups to unlock opportunities such as the DED Prototype Grant. Maverick Venture Fund Analysts graduate from the program after three semesters and leverage key networking opportunities to launch their careers in Omaha’s startup ecosystem. Students become engaged in with founders, entrepreneurs, and investors during their time with MVF and continue to build upon these relationships long after they graduate.
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The Maverick Venture Fund provides experience and opportunities for students that extend beyond campus into the greater Omaha community and across the state.
Open to graduate and undergraduate students of any major. One credit hour per semester (3 semesters maximum) is available, but not required, for students who wish to receive it. Credits count towards business administration (BSAD) entrepreneurship (ENTR) or finance (FNBK). Please speak with your degree advisor for more information.
BSAD 8776/ENTR 4770
The class reads and discusses Venture Deals, Third Edition, by Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson, while receiving mentoring from the previous cohort. Students will sit in on pitches from entrepreneurs and observe experienced MVF students make investments.
BSAD 8786/ENTR 4780
With the help of MVF mentors and Tom, students will network in the community to identify entrepreneurs that will come pitch their business to the group. Students are assigned entrepreneurs to act as liaisons for the MVF and guide them through the process. The MVF conducts research and performs due diligence to determine what companies to invest in and for how much.
BSAD 8796/ENTR 4790
During the final semester, the cohort will continue to work with entrepreneurs and make investments. This semester, the fund focuses on helping companies scale and grow, while mentoring the new MVF cohort.