Invest Nebraska focuses on funding and developing high growth companies that create high-wage jobs and attract out-of-state capital to Nebraska. Invest Nebraska has different funding programs for high growth companies.
Invest Nebraska partners with The Nebraska Department of Economic Development and receives an appropriation under the Business Innovation Act that provides the resources to fund companies.
High growth companies in Nebraska are statutorily eligible for the Nebraska Seed Fund when:
The company has fewer than 500 employees;
The company has a unique/breakthrough idea within a large addressable market is engaged in non-retail primary industries;
A business plan and proof-of-concept demonstration is provided with the application; and
Any Invest Nebraska Investment requires a minimum of a 1:1 match of private capital.
The Application is available online, however we strongly recommend contacting Invest Nebraska before applying.
Invest Nebraska works with area lenders and non-traditional lenders to help secure needed loan funds for working capital and/or equipment purchases.
Interested businesses must demonstrate that they will retain or create jobs as a result of the loan, provided they meet Invest Nebraska’s underwriting requirements. Invest Nebraska reviews deals within the guidelines of rigorous underwriting principles. Examples of past situations in which a loan from Invest Nebraska has been appropriate:
Venture Debt Financing to provide a bridge prior to a round of financing or an extension of runway post-funding. This structure of financing is primarily for venture backed companies and typically includes warrants.
Loan Capital to Traditional/Lifestyle Businesses in Distressed Areas of Nebraska to assist in company growth. Interest rates and fees are appropriate to the requested financial assistance, whether its working capital or equipment purchases.
Inventory or special project debt financing used to moved a business forward financially. Invest Nebraska will partner with a local lending institution and likely take second position on the loan.
Interested companies are recommended to meet with Invest Nebraska to discuss potential debt financing.