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SPN’s most read stories of 2017

SPN is honored to have spent another year celebrating the makers and doers of the Silicon Prairie. Through sharing the region’s news, events and updates with our audience, we continue our mission to grow, connect and inspire the tech innovation communities of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas.

Every article was a favorite of our writers and editors, but let’s take a look at SPN’s most shared and viewed articles of 2017:

Inc. 5000 list: Fastest growing companies in the Silicon Prairie
Inc. released their annual Inc. 5000 list that ranks the fastest-growing private companies in America. The Midwest had an impressive showing with 12 of the 14 communities in our State of the Silicon Prairie Report represented on the list.

SPN takes an exclusive look inside opendorse and athlete marketing
opendorse CEO and Co-Founder Blake Lawrence invited SPN into the “Gronk Room” for a deeper dive into a company that just completed a $3.5 million Series A capital raise.

Immortagen seeks personalized treatment for cancer patients
The $6.3 billion “Cancer Moonshot Bill” bill speeds up the approval of drugs and medical devices used in the treatment of cancer. One company on the forefront of that field is the Immortagen.

Hudl announces partnership with U.S. Soccer
Lincoln-based sports tech startup Hudl announced a partnership with U.S. Soccer to provide the company’s Sportscode and Coda products to both men’s and women’s national teams as well as developmental teams throughout the organization.

Rural Impact Hub strengthens communities in Nebraska and beyond
As Brent Comstock grew BCom Solutions, his Auburn-based digital marketing agency, two things became clear. One, that the business was reaching a point where it needed to expand outside of Auburn. And two, in order to expand, he needed to figure out a way to reach other rural communities.

The Nebraska Builder Initiative is changing entrepreneurship and education
The Nebraska Builder Initiative held their first event in June at the Gallup Riverfront Campus. The event featured guest speakers from across Nebraska’s business ecosystem as well as a presentation and business launch by students from the program.

How St. Louis is Becoming a Hub of Innovation (Again)
According to recent research by the University of Virginia, all but a very select group of cities are struggling to figure out how to create jobs in a time when companies are less dependent on human beings, and traditional industries face technology– and trade-driven disruption.

Eleven Nebraska startups that could be the next big thing
Nebraska is not California. Omaha is not San Francisco. This sounds glaringly obvious, but sometimes entrepreneurs in the Midwest get caught up in proving that we’re the same as any other startup scene in the country.

Why Women in Tech Matter Even More in the Midwest
As a “woman in tech” in the Silicon Prairie (specifically, the KC startup community), I’m actually pretty proud of the #girlpower I see around me. And I’m not alone: as it turns out, the Midwest is killing it at creating opportunities for women in tech.

Something’s brewing in Wichita
Wichita has struggled in recent years to churn out the kind of startups that contributed to the rise of the city – companies like Boeing, Pizza Hut, White Castle, Coleman and Rent-A-Center. But all that may be changing.

 

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