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A Lincoln entrepreneur was honored Thursday night for his company's growth by a Kansas City-area entrepreneurship group.

Paul Jarrett, co-founder and CEO of Bulu Box, was given the Member Growth Award at Pipeline's The Innovators awards ceremony.

Pipeline is an entrepreneurial fellowship program for business innovators in the Midwest.

Jarrett was a fellow in the 2013 Pipeline class and also was named Innovator of the Year that year.

His company, Bulu Box, which he founded with his wife, Stephanie, offers a subscription service for nutritional sample boxes. It was founded in 2011 and experienced rapid growth last year.

"Our team made major accomplishments in 2017, including the addition of another warehouse location that has quadrupled our square footage," Jarrett said in a news release. "We have also grown the team to 125 positions, which is a 76 percent increase from 2016, and we're just getting started."

The company's rapid growth landed it on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies last year for the first time.

Jarrett was one of several Nebraska-based individuals and organizations honored by Pipeline on Thursday night.

* Nebraska Pipeline Sponsors, which are the University of Nebraska, Prairie Ventures, Nelnet, and Jim and Karen Linder of Linseed Capital LLC, won the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award.

* Evan Luxon, co-founder and CEO of Omaha-based medical device company Esculon, was awarded the Innovator of the Year award.

Pipeline also announced its 2018 fellowship class. Nebraska-based members of the class are:  Dennis Doerfl of Fourstarzz Media and Ali Schwanke of Simple Strat, both of Lincoln, and Colin Nabity of LeverageRx in Omaha.



Business editor/reporter

Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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