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Iowa State Fair hosts Iowa State University pitch competition

By Justin Krug / September 4, 2019

More than 200 Iowa State University student and alumni entrepreneurs representing 168 business ventures gathered to pitch their products and services as part of Iowa State University’s exhibit in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair. The event took place from August 8-18. Each pitch contestant competed for $1,000 to $5000 awards in the “Great Iowa State University STANDING innOVATION…

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AIM Institute’s Cybersleuth Camp Teaches High School Girls about Technology, Cybersecurity, Digital Citizenship

By Tom McCauley / August 7, 2019

Last Friday, 18 high school girls graduated from the AIM Institute’s 2019 Cybersleuth Camp in an afternoon ceremony at the AIM Brain Exchange. About 40 people attended the graduation to show their support for the next generation of tech talent. AIM’s Cybersleuth Camp is a weeklong cybersecurity camp for girls that seeks to raise interest…

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Daake Helps Brands Focus through Strategy and Design

By Tom McCauley / August 5, 2019

Daake knows something about reinvention. In May, the Omaha-based branding agency acquired local creative mainstays Webster Design, nearly doubling their staff and gaining some powerful minds in the process. The agency also recently upgraded their offices, rehabbing a former cigar bar into a sleek, sunlit, open-plan environment overlooking a golf course.  Spend a few minutes…

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First fundings research report

By Tom Chapman / August 2, 2019

In talking to Jessica Straus, Dundee Venture Capital’s new Venture Partner, it occurred to me that we should write an update on first fundings in what Straus called the “mighty middle”. This paper describes first fundings.  First fundings are a recordation of companies that raise capital for the first time.  This paper uses Pitchbook data…

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Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Provides Funds

By Tom Chapman / July 26, 2019

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (“IEDA”) announced that five companies had received demonstration funds from IEDA last week The five companies funded by the IEDA are:  Home Painter received a proof of concept loan of $25,000,  Lender Close received a Propel Loan of $250,000 from the Iowa Acceleration Fund,  MakuSafe received a…

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Live Undiscovered Music (LÜM) closes seed funding round

By Aidan Chapman / July 18, 2019

In May, Live Undiscovered Music, or LÜM received $750,000 in seed round funding.  LÜM is a music streaming service that is based in Madison, Wisconsin. This platform is different than Spotify or Pandora because as the name suggests, it features music of artists who are undiscovered.   LÜM’s steaming service is unique because its platform…

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Lincoln’s Future Builders – Building Lincoln’s Future

By Rich Claussen / July 1, 2019

The identification, recruitment, development and retention of talent to Lincoln is vital to building on the entrepreneurial momentum in the city. So back in 2016, the Prosper Lincoln community agenda began to look at more intentional efforts to better connect high school students to their innovation and entrepreneurial talents.

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