Catch Up With Chuck Episode 24 Entrepreneurial Opportunity-Building for Rural Nebraskans with Bill Udell


Apr. 27, 2018

In this episode, Chuck is joined by Bill Udell of Don’t Panic Labs, a software engineering and corporate innovation company based in Nebraska that focuses on solving problems — accelerating businesses and working through challenges.

Born and raised in Burwell, Neb., Udell values what small towns can produce as both his grandfather and father were entrepreneurs. With his experience in a thriving rural community, he developed civic pride and continues to carry it with him today.

Udell is a rural Nebraska native who is shattering the myth that young entrepreneurs need to flee to the coasts in order to find opportunity in the high tech revolution. He has been a key player in building Don’t Panic Labs, a software development and corporate innovation company based in Lincoln, as well as helping to launch other start up enterprises.

Don’t Panic Labs grew out of the engineering arm of Nebraska Global, a software investment fund founded on the idea that “when nerds and money meet, amazing things can happen.” Udell shares in Nebraska Global’s mission to establish a globally competitive, vibrant and impactful high-tech environment creating sustainable long-term economic development in Nebraska.


“It’s about more than just building companies. It’s about building Nebraska.”

-Bill Udell


The Rural Future Institute’s goal is to achieve a “Thriving High-Touch, High-Tech Future for Nebraska and the Great Plains by 2040.” Udell describes the intersections of high-touch and high-tech as “collisions” that lead to the greatest successes and bring about “aha” moments.


Catch Up With Chuck is Facebook Live series with Rural Futures Institute Founding Executive Director Chuck Schroeder. Airing most Thursdays at 11:15 a.m. (CST) on RFI’s Facebook Page, Chuck uses this time to discuss critical rural topics and the latest about RFI while answering viewers’ questions. Stay in touch with Catch Up With Chuck and the Rural Futures Institute through Facebook and Twitter. We will be back soon with another episode looking at rural people and places, success stories, innovators, thinkers and doers who are making rural communities a legitimate best choice for worthwhile living.