You Need

a strategic plan.



collaborative partners.

someone who knows what could work and, more importantly, what can't fail.

"This is about believing, buying in and getting my hands dirty. It's more than consultancy; it's about finding a way to build or bolster something brilliant."

"This is a business of building on big ideas. Half the battle is bringing the right people together to share a bold vision."

Marc Kaschke

Marc Kaschke is an experienced entrepreneur, passionate public servant and visionary leader focused on launching and supporting forward-thinking projects. He grew up in Western Nebraska selling sweet corn and working at the family John Deere dealership. Soon after earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he invested in the first of several technology startups.

Kaschke served as mayor of North Platte from 2008 to 2012, and reentered the startup space in 2012. Among other endeavors, he is currently a principal in two innovative companies and has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Kaschke never stops expanding his mind, expertise and influence. He has traveled to more than 40 countries, and made a home in Omaha with his wife and their five children.

Equally willing to roll up his sleeves and put his money where his mouth is, Kaschke has experience creating market-entry strategies, developing business plans and financial projections, nurturing fruitful business relationships, and investing and raising capital.

Ideation Ventures

Collaborative partner

Ideation Ventures, founded in 2005 by John Gustafson,  uniquely assists high-growth and middle-market companies with planning and executing strategic transactions, and supports private equity firms seeking late-stage acquisitions. He and Kaschke have a long, trusting friendship and complementary strengths, with 38 years of combined experience. Ideation Ventures and Kaschke collaborate on a deal-by-deal basis with regard to potential acquisition and consulting projects.

Gustafson is acquainted with every aspect of a “deal.” Prior to founding Ideation Ventures in 2005, he was involved in the management of two early stage, technology-focused venture capital funds; co-founded a concept accelerator for software companies; and served as CEO of multiple firms. Gustafson also serves as managing director of CFO Capital and is a registered representative of M&A Securities Group, an unaffiliated entity. Gustafson earned an MBA in Management & Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, an accounting degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute.

“I believe in supporting friends, and that two heads are better than one.”

Start up

Startups and early-stage companies need more than a good idea to get going. They demand credible insight, capital investment and impeccable strategy; long hours in the trenches and calculated leaps of faith.

Kaschke offers the well-seasoned perspective budding business models need by coupling his high tolerance for risk with level-headed, first-hand experience with challenges and successes.

When you ask, “What if…?” Kaschke will have a good answer or track down the person who does.

If you’re seeking solely a financial backer or purely a consultant, Kaschke isn’t your guy. He wants to be inspired by listening to your innovative objectives and applying his knowledge of the commercial and community landscape to help them make a tangible impact. In exchange for equity, he invests time, expertise, money, energy and whatever it takes.

Think your startup or early-stage business is Kaschke's next big endeavor? YOU MIGHT BE RIGHT.

"I believe that fresh ideas will change the world."


Not every company that needs a fresh start is just starting out. Established, scalable businesses on the verge of transitional growth require support to focus on the horizon, keep an eye out for roadblocks and bring the right folks to the table.

Kaschke partners with owners and managers in later stages of a business’s life-cycle to generate long-term shareholder value and support a strong Nebraska.

It takes a strategic approach to align community needs with economic interests – to withstand tough micro­ and macro­environmental conditions and come out on top.

Having sat on both sides of that conversation, Kaschke knows where, when and how to solve the puzzle.

Kaschke will champion points of differentiation, expand opportunity and steadily escalate shareholder returns. The team he assembles will invest expertise and energy in strategic planning, asset restructuring, investor positioning, ownership transition, other strategic event coordination, growth financing and capital acquisition.

"What's my 'investment criteria'? Just make me believe in it. I'll help you find the way to make it happen."