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Build in Norfolk

We want people to live, work, and BUILD here.


Build in Norfolk exists to foster a supportive and thriving community for entrepreneurs to achieve success. Through our program, we aim to provide the necessary structure and resources for individuals who are embarking on their entrepreneurial journeys in Norfolk and Northeast Nebraska.

By offering a platform for connection and collaboration, we empower entrepreneurs to build strong networks and forge valuable partnerships. Together, we can create a vibrant ecosystem that nurtures innovation, fosters growth, and propels the entrepreneurial spirit forward.

Join us on this exciting adventure and unlock your full potential as an entrepreneur in our thriving community.




  1. Cultivate Collaborative Innovation
  2. Foster a Vibrant Support Network
  3. Get people so connected with Nebraska they have to build locally



To cater to the diverse needs of founders, we have divided our group into three segments: Students, Starters, and Supporters. Each segment will be led by a dedicated Captain who will serve as the main point of contact and facilitate meetups for their respective group. Read on to learn more about each segment and how they can support you in your entrepreneurial journey.


  • NECC, Wayne State, or high school student with a keen interest in entrepreneurship.
  • Captain: An opportunity for a student to become a leader in their community by helping plan, organize, and execute events.
  • Member: A student who continues to show up to events and engage with the community.

Do you have a keen interest in entrepreneurship, searching for a vibrant community to become a part of? Whether you're brimming with a business idea, deeply engaged in business or entrepreneurship coursework, or simply intrigued by the entrepreneurial journeys of friends and family who own their own businesses, we have an inviting space tailored just for you.


Our BiN Networking events provide a platform for students and professionals from various industries to come together and connect. Whether you're seeking potential clients, partners, or simply want to expand your professional network, our events offer the perfect opportunity to do so.

Group travel opportunities: While we are building events and programming in Norfolk, there are also numerous opportunities in Lincoln and Omaha for us to participate in. Joining BiN gives you the opportunity have a group of connections that would be able to carpool and join in the fun. You'll gain new insights, and build lasting relationships while putting in the miles across the midwest. 

Local Competitions: Put your skills to the test and showcase your talents through our local competitions. Whether it's a business pitch competition, hackathon, or creative showcase, these competitions provide a platform for you to gain recognition, receive valuable feedback, and potentially win exciting prizes.


Onramp to resources: Gain access to a wide range of resources that can help accelerate your entrepreneurial growth. From industry reports and market insights to expert advice and educational materials, our onramp to resources ensures you have the tools and knowledge you need to thrive in your career.

Access to startup internships: Looking to kickstart your career in the startup world? Our platform provides exclusive access to startup internships, where you can gain hands-on experience, learn from industry experts, and contribute to the growth of innovative companies.

Mentors and connections: Connect with seasoned professionals and industry leaders who can guide you on your career journey. Our program pairs you with experienced professionals who can provide valuable insights, advice, and support to help you navigate the challenges and opportunities in your field.

A community: Join a vibrant community of ambitious individuals who share your passion for success. Our community provides a supportive and collaborative environment where you can connect, collaborate, and learn from like-minded individuals who are driven to achieve their goals.

With our diverse range of offerings, we strive to empower individuals like you to reach your full potential, expand your horizons, and make meaningful connections that can propel your career forward. Join us today and unlock a world of opportunities!


  • A new business owner who’s just starting out or is 1-5 years in business.
  • Captain: An opportunity for a young business owner to become a leader in their community by helping plan, organize, and execute events.
  • Member: An entrepreneur who is involved in the peer-network support program.
Are you someone who's already taken those exciting initial steps in the world of entrepreneurship? If you've launched a startup or are in the process of developing your business concept, Build In Norfolk is here to support you. As a starter, you'll find a vibrant community of fellow founders and experienced mentors eager to provide guidance, share insights, and help you navigate the challenges of building a successful venture. Connect with other starters, collaborate on projects, and access resources that can accelerate your startup's growth within the nurturing environment of Build In Norfolk.


  • BiN Networking events
  • Peer-group support network


Join our vibrant community of founders and entrepreneurs who are passionate about networking and supporting each other's success. Our BiN Networking events provide a platform for you to connect with other entrepreneurs, exchange ideas, and build valuable relationships.

Our peer-group support network offers a safe space for you to share your wins and struggles, knowing that you will be met with understanding and encouragement.

By joining our community, you also gain access to a wide range of Supporters and connections within the broader Nebraska ecosystem. These connections can open doors to new opportunities, collaborations, and resources that can help you thrive and grow in your professional journey.

Whether you're seeking mentorship, partnerships, or simply want to expand your network, our community is here to support you every step of the way. Together, we can achieve greatness and make a positive impact in the Norfolk ecosystem. 


  • An industry professional, a seasoned founder, investor, or someone passionate about fostering innovation.
  • Member: Someone who is looking to give back to the next generation of entrepreneurs through 1-1 and Starter + Supporter events.
  • Captain: Emma Bennett will take on the role of Supporters' Captain, providing invaluable assistance to our members and relieving them of any extra burdens.
If you're an industry professional, investor, or someone passionate about fostering innovation, you're an ally who can make a significant impact. Your expertise, knowledge, and support are invaluable to our students and starters. By engaging with Build In Norfolk, you have the opportunity to mentor aspiring entrepreneurs, provide strategic advice, and even explore potential partnerships. 


BiN Networking events provide a unique opportunity for professionals in various industries to come together and foster meaningful connections. These events are designed to facilitate networking and collaboration, allowing attendees to expand their professional network and form valuable partnerships.

1-1 Support/mentorship is a cornerstone of our program. We believe in the power of individualized guidance and support to help individuals reach their full potential. Our experienced mentors provide personalized advice, guidance, and support to help individuals navigate their career paths and overcome challenges.


One of the key benefits of our program is the talent pool of students and starters that it provides access to. By engaging with our program, businesses have the opportunity to tap into a pool of talented individuals who are eager to learn and contribute to innovative projects. This not only helps businesses find new talent but also fosters a culture of collaboration and growth.

By participating in our program, businesses have the opportunity to stay close to innovation and tech. We understand the importance of staying ahead of the curve in today's fast-paced digital landscape. Our program provides businesses with access to the latest trends, technologies, and insights, ensuring that they remain competitive and at the forefront of innovation.

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Our mission is to foster a thriving community of local entrepreneurs, bolstering our ecosystem by providing guidance and support in navigating the ever-changing landscape. Build in Norfolk serves as our pioneering program, designed to uncover the best ways to unite community and resources in order to foster local growth and development.
Build in Norfolk represents our inaugural program, serving as a pilot to gain profound insights into effectively uniting community and resources for localized growth.

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