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Lincoln, Neb.-- The Nebraska Innovation Campus is all about making Lincoln, and Nebraska, a better place for businesses to grow and people to live.
The campus wants to hit the ground running when the first phase of the project is complete next spring, by creating contacts with local and national businesses ahead of time.
To accomplish that goal, Executive Director Dan Duncan announced that Kate Engel has accepted the position of community engagement and operations manager and that Terence Bowden will be the new business accelerator director, according to UNL's website.
"We're trying to hit the ground running with Kate's new responsibilities," Duncan said, "and with Terence Bowden's new responsibilities."
Bowden comes all the way from Dublin, Ireland, where he ran the Propeller Venture Accelerator. Bowden has a degree in industrial design and a master's in business management, according to UNL's website.
Engel has been a part of the Innovation Campus before, and said her new role will take a lot of the same skills she used previously to help engage and connect with the Lincoln community.
Engel is currently working on her Ph.D. in humans sciences, according to UNL.
"It's creating that relationship between the private sector," Engel said, "and the public seeing what can really happen."
Bowden, conversely, comes from Ireland and the Dublin City University's Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs, according to UNL.
Bowden's role will be looking at the needs of faculty and students and making a business plan that allows the city to grow jobs and start up companies in the community, Duncan said.
"What we really want innovation campus to be is a place where the community feels a part of [the campus]," Duncan said, "and not just a little island where people go to work and leave."