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MultiMechanics’ MultiMech 19.0 release expands on software’s capabilities and speed

By Rod Armstrong / May 20, 2019

MultiMechanics, an Omaha-based developer of multiscale composite modeling and simulation software, has announced the release of MultiMech 19.0. The release will improve the breadth and run times of multiscale composite simulations. “This will help get materials to market faster,” said Dr. Flavio Souza, MultiMechanics President & CTO. “We can speed up that process through simulation,…

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ClickSWITCH builds new payments system, receives funding

By SPN Team / May 20, 2019

ClickSWITCH, a Minneapolis based financial payments company, has announced that they had secured $13 million Series B Funding. This round was led by Commerce Ventures and Point72 Ventures. ClickSWITCH provides a white-labeled product that helps new and existing bank customers simplify and automate direct deposits and recurring payments. Banks are excited about this technology because…

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Tractor Zoom bridges farmers and machinery auctioneers

By Laura Neesen / May 14, 2019

Tractor Zoom is the creator of a platform designed to digitally connect farmers with equipment auctioneers across North America. Founder Kyle McMahon grew up in Fairfield, a small ag community in southeast Iowa. His work ethic and love for equipment led him to start a lawn and landscaping business. He sold the business to fund…

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Lincoln-based BasicBlock continues expansion and evolution

By SPN Team / May 10, 2019

  In a recent Facebook post, Taylor Monks, the CEO of BasicBlock, revealed that the company had received angel investment from world-famous angel investor, Jason Calacanis. This investment comes on the heels of BasicBlock receiving a Lincoln Launch grant. These fundings and the inherent support are signals of the significant growth and evolution of BasicBlock…

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Major Midwest HIT merger positions Sioux Falls as leading startup/health tech hub

By Laura Neesen / May 9, 2019

Sioux Falls-based DocuTAP and Illinois-based Practice Velocity – two of the biggest names in EHR/on-demand healthcare – just announced their official merger this morning to become newly formed company Experity. Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing, has merged DocuTAP and Practice Velocity— the two leaders and innovators in the…

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43 new hires join Sojern at GloCon

By Laura Neesen / May 9, 2019

                    Sojern wraps up its 8th annual Global Employee Conference, or “GloCon” as it is popularly known, today in Omaha. The conference, held in Omaha for the first time, is an opportunity for the entire Sojern team to gather for training, team building, company planning, and…

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BuddyBrands on the cutting edge of pet science

By SPN Team / April 24, 2019

Wichita-based BuddyBrands started by building better beds to help canines get their sleep.  The company has expanded its offerings to include so much more. The BuddyRest story begins seven years ago when company Co-founder, Trevor Crotts’ labradoodle, Buddy, visited the vet. Crotts happened to be a corporate trainer in the mattress industry at the time,…

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Columbia, Missouri-based StoryUP creates Healium…virtual escapes to quiet the mind

By SPN Team / April 24, 2019

Sarah Hill, founder and CEO of StoryUP is building technology to help people cope more effectively and peacefully with stress in their lives. The company has developed the world’s first augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) platform powered by wearables that “listen” to user’s brainwaves and biometrics. Healium’s mindfulness platform is powered by the…

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