Opportunity Corps: Now Accepting Applications

Bio Nebraska and the UNeTech Institute have teamed up to present Opportunity Corps, a new professional development program for women in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Applications are currently being accepted for entry into the program.

Opportunity Corps will serve as a ten-month education program, modeled loosely after the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps, and will match women academic and industry professionals in Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering, and Math with women mentors in those subject areas. The program will focus on a different subject each month, with a one-day educational workshop session featuring special guests from the community, as well as one-on-one mentoring sessions with the mentors each month.

Opportunity Corps Program Schedule*
  • February 11, 2022: Intros, Welcome, What is tech transfer?
  • March 11, 2022: Business Models & Customer Discovery
  • April 8, 2022: Value Propositions
  • May 13, 2022: Customer Profile
  • June 10, 2022: Ecosystem and Channels 
  • June 8, 2022: Customer Relationships
  • August 12, 2022: Revenue Streams
  • September 9, 2022: Activities, Resources, and Partners
  • October 14, 2022: Team Presentations
  • November 4, 2022: Graduation and Celebration

Each program date will is tentatively scheduled from 9am to 4pm. Individuals accepted into the program will need to coordinate the commitment with their employer. 

*Dates are tentative.

Program Goals

In an effort to overcome the barriers that women face in STEAM industries, especially as entrepreneurs, the main goals of Opportunity Corps are: 

  • To provide women in STEAM access to mentors and program presenters who are experts in their fields and to create awareness of existing women leaders
  • To help forge a path to leadership and entrepreneurship for women in STEAM, whether it’s to become leaders within an existing organization or to start their own venture 
  • To benefit the community and STEAM industries in Nebraska by helping women address and overcome barriers to leadership and entrepreneurship, allowing for a more confident sharing of ideas and leadership abilities 

Who can apply?

Women who currently work in STEAM in both academia or as industry professionals (including individuals from Bio Nebraska member companies and the bioscience industry) and have an interest in entrepreneurship, invention, innovation are encouraged to apply. Participation in the program is free thanks to a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Applications are due Wednesday, January 5, 2022. 


Reach out directly to Stephanie Kidd at [email protected] for more information. You can also find additional information by clicking the “Learn More” button below.