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BOTG: From Founder To Investor

The Engler Journey

Release Date: 10/20/2022

Rolling into Entrepreneurship | Alexa Carter | Rising Rolls Baking Company show art Rolling into Entrepreneurship | Alexa Carter | Rising Rolls Baking Company

The Engler Journey

You can be unsure about what you want to do, but still be on the right track. Join Olivia Vanderford in welcoming a rising Engler sophmore, Alexa Carter! She is the founder and owner of Rising Roll Baking Company where she combines two Nebraska favorites; chili and cinnamon rolls! Her family has strong connections to entreprenuership and she believes that there are so many opportunties available for people to get started. Tune into the episode to hear how Alexa continued to find her passion for baking through the Engler program!    

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Carving Out The Journey | Seth Wright | Scrappy Woodworks show art Carving Out The Journey | Seth Wright | Scrappy Woodworks

The Engler Journey

Never doubt yourself by thinking you aren't cut out for entrepreneurship. Join Olivia Vanderford in welcoming a future Engler senior, Seth Wright! He is the founder and owner of the business Scrappy Woodworks which upcycles scrap wood. Through his business he creates cutting boards to picture frames and so much more. Seth enjoys his business because he can make an impact on so many lives by creating unique woodworking pieces. Tune into this episode to hear how Seth has found a passion for woodworking through the Engler program!   

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The Driver's Seat | Abby Miller | Pat On Tap and Abby Miller Photography show art The Driver's Seat | Abby Miller | Pat On Tap and Abby Miller Photography

The Engler Journey

Stick with your heart and do what you really love. Join Olivia Vanderford in welcoming a recent Engler graduate, Abby Miller! She is the owner and founder of Pat On Tap and Abby Miller Photography. Through both of her businesses she creates precious memories by making an impact on people's lives. Abby enjoys doing her businesses because she gets to do what she loves and provide quality work for communities. Tune into this episode to hear how Abby literally chose the driver's seat and starts taking control of her life journey.    

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Molding The Future  | Jenna Knake |  The Tipsy Armadillo and Connect Ag Ed show art Molding The Future | Jenna Knake | The Tipsy Armadillo and Connect Ag Ed

The Engler Journey

Step outside of your comfort zone and find your inner creativity. Join Olivia Vanderford in welcoming current Engler sophmore, Jenna Knake! She is the owner and founder of both The Tipsy Armadillo and Connect Ag Ed and through her businesses she does leather crafting and solves problems for agriculture teachers. Jenna enjoys doing her businesses because they fufill both of her passions of creativity and giving back to the agriculture industry. Tune into this episode to hear how Jenna is molding leather and the future of agriculture.  

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Crafting Legacies | Sydney Wellsandt | Double U Silver show art Crafting Legacies | Sydney Wellsandt | Double U Silver

The Engler Journey

Pay attention to the details of your craft and your life. Join Olivia Vanderford in welcoming current Engler junior, Sydney Wellsandt! She is the owner and founder of Double U Silver and through her business she creates handmade sterling silver jewelry. Sydney enjoys making jewelry especially because it becomes such an important part of people's lives. Tune into this episode to hear how Sydney found the Engler community, to now bringing together two of her passions of agriculture and jewelry.    

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Reconnect to Yourself | Elijah Riley | Big Gumdrop Outdoors show art Reconnect to Yourself | Elijah Riley | Big Gumdrop Outdoors

The Engler Journey

The outdoors provides opportuntities for personal growth. Join Olivia Vanderford in welcoming current Engler senior, Elijah Riley! He is the owner and founder of Big Gumdrop Outdoors with the mission of connecting urban young people back to nature. Elijah enjoys being a mentor for young people and inspiring them to give back to the outdoors through conservation. Tune into this episode to hear how Elijah came to understand his passion for nature and giving back to the community that raised him.       

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Live the Abundant Life | Lana Hebda | lana hebda creative | show art Live the Abundant Life | Lana Hebda | lana hebda creative |

The Engler Journey

Never be afraid to start something and just take a leap of faith. Join Olivia Vanderford in welcoming current fifth year student in Engler and true storyteller, Lana Hebda! She is the owner and founder of "lana hebda creative" where she captures the special moments in people's lives through photography. Lana enjoys being a generational entreprenuer and she hopes to share her photography with generations to come. Tune into this episode to hear how Lana learned the power of comparison and understanding her own journey.     

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Go to Market Girl | Alexis Jansen | Black Dirt Boutique show art Go to Market Girl | Alexis Jansen | Black Dirt Boutique

The Engler Journey

You are on a journey and every day being shaped. Join Olivia Vanderford in welcoming current Engler senior and serial entrepreneur, Alexis Jansen! She is the owner and founder of Black Dirt Boutique, recently received her CDL (Commercial Driver’s License), and thrives on learning new skills. Little did she know a small note bearing the words “You are still being shaped” would change her life. Tune into this episode to hear how Alexis went from a bashful freshman that didn’t understand the value of sharing her story to a self-assured senior!   

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Elijah Riley | Big Gum Drop Outdoors | 2023 Summer Build Program show art Elijah Riley | Big Gum Drop Outdoors | 2023 Summer Build Program

The Engler Journey

This summer, Fire in the Belly is focusing on the Engler Entrepreneurs who have committed to the climb. Elijah Riley is our third Summer Build Program student to be on the podcast. This cohort, led by Brennan Costello, provides Engler Entrepreneurs with community and accountability as they navigate and fine tune the many processes necessary to advance their businesses right alongside their peers. Elijah sits down to tell us about his story and what he is pursuing this summer and what he hopes to learn.

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Allison Walbrecht | Unified Agriculture | 2023 Summer Build Program show art Allison Walbrecht | Unified Agriculture | 2023 Summer Build Program

The Engler Journey

This summer, Fire in the Belly is focusing on the Engler Entrepreneurs who have committed to the climb. Allison Walbrecht is our second featured student who is pursuing entrepreneurship through Engler's Summer Build Program. This cohort, led by Brennan Costello, provides Engler Entrepreneurs with community and accountability as they navigate and fine tune the many processes necessary to advance their businesses right alongside their peers. Allison entertains us with her story and passion for agriculture and shows us how those two factors produced Unified Agriculture.

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Matt Foley has been on both sides of the entrepreneurial table. A former startup co-founder at Farmafield, Foley has fully embraced pushing the envelope through entrepreneurship.  

These days, Foley serves as the Program Director for Invest Nebraska, an entity dedicated to providing startup businesses in Nebraska with the resources they need to be successful. Through their incubator program The Combine, they are on track to make Nebraska the premiere ag-tech startup hub in the country.  

Learn more about Matt’s personal journey as well as the exciting things happening at Invest Nebraska in this week’s episode of the Engler Journey Podcast.