College students from UNO, UNL & Creighton took part in Omaha's first ever job fair featuring startup companies on Wednesday.
Much has been said over the years that many promising high school and college students in the area move for their career.
At Mastercraft -- an old furniture factory at 13th and Nicholas where many startups have offices -- Silicon Prairie News brought together 200 students with 40 companies from the area to showcase the jobs and opportunities locally.
"I'm an entrepreneur major," said Genevieve Alander, a Creighton University senior who is hoping to find a career here.
"It seems it's almost as if they're looking for a reason to stay," said Rod Smith with Volano Solutions. A company that has been around for five years.
Proxibid -- on online auction house in Omaha -- is celebrating 10-years. What began with four people has grown to 110 employees.
"It's interesting to see new companies because they have a lot to say. It's exciting because they helped build it," said Sahr Siddiqi who is majoring in marketing and economics at Creighton.
She knows she doesn't have to move to find a job with entrepreneur.
But just ten years ago, education experts talked about a serious brain drain in Omaha.
"The difference is now there are opportunities for people who want to stay -- really good, really innovative jobs they can drive their careers," said Jefferson Meyer with Contemporary Analysis.
"If you ask me, living here there's very little risk to starting a company," said Rahul Gupta with Big Wheel Brigade who moved to Omaha from California seven years ago. "The cost of living is very low. The job market is relatively strong. There's very little reason -- if there is something you believe in and you think you can do, to not take a chance and do it."