Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC, innovate.unl.edu) is a campus designed to facilitate new and in-depth partnerships between the University of Nebraska and private sector businesses. NIC is adjacent to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and strategically provides organizations with access to needed research faculty, facilities, and students.
NIC is home to and welcomes companies of all sizes. Called NIC Partners, organizations leasing space at NIC are a mix of startups, mediums sized companies and larger companies. The diverse mix of companies creates and builds a culture of innovation and creativity. For additional information about campus facilities, leasing opportunities, events and a virtual campus tour, please visit INNOVATE.UNL.EDU.
There are many reasons to choose NIC, among them the opportunities for connection the campus provides. You can immerse your team in a collaborative and innovative culture with an environment designed for the sharing of ideas and their synergistic development. Locating on NIC allows you to connect with research partners, qualified employees, and motivated students. NIC has a variety of partners and is adjacent to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, allowing ample opportunities for collaboration. Finally, by becoming an affiliate employee of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, you will be able to have complimentary access to UNL libraries, the ability to connect with faculty and students, access to facilities, and more.
Places for Connecting, Collaborating, and Making
NIC facilities include a conference center, a makerspace, a local coffee shop, a hotel, office space, lab space, pilot plant space, and greenhouse space.
The NIC Conference Center is housed in a historic building that has been reconstructed to provide a unique full-service conference center. Operated and managed by the Nebraska Alumni Association, the NIC Conference Center provides multi-functional meeting and collaboration space that includes a 400-seat auditorium, 350-seat banquet hall, and eight breakout rooms. Each space features state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities. For more information and to book your conference, meeting or event, please visit INNOVATE.UNL.EDU/NIC-CONFERENCE-CENTER.
The Scarlet Hotel is a brand-new six-story, 154-room boutique hotel located in the heart of NIC. Designed with unique local touches and staying true to Nebraska’s motto, each room gives guests a taste of “the good life” while paying homage to local towns and homegrown heroes. The hotel includes a full-service restaurant, coffee shop, fitness facility, rooftop bar, and additional high-end features to ensure an outstanding guest experience. For more information and to book rooms, please visit SCARLETHOTELNEBRASKA.COM.
Nebraska Innovation Studio (NIS) is one of the nation’s top makerspaces. Located at NIC, the studio is a 16,000-square-foot facility that houses a full metal shop, wood shop, rapid prototyping room, art studio, ceramics, and textiles equipment – and much more. NIS is open to university faculty, students, staff, and community members for a monthly membership fee. Makerspace members receive free training on all equipment. For more information about NIS, please visit INNOVATIONSTUDIO.UNL.EDU.