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Reflections of an Entrepreneur: LifeLoop CEO, Amy Johnson

By Razia Aziz-Seible / November 13, 2019

Omaha-based startup, LifeLoop is a senior living software company whose mission is to preserve the connections between residents, their care providers, and family members such that everyone is always “in the loop” about what is taking place in the lives of elderly loved ones in senior communities.  Silicon Prairie News has been following the story…

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3, 2, 1 Pitch Competition Marks 11th Year

By Nick Castner / November 12, 2019

Tuesday, November 5th marked the eleventh 3, 2, 1 Quick Pitch hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. The event gave 93 students three minutes a piece to present their business concept to panels of judges in Morrill Hall.  “We encourage students to pitch the craziest things they can…

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Funding Roundup for the Week of Oct. 28

By SPN Team / November 11, 2019

Two Silicon Prairie companies will be moving to Buffalo in the upcoming weeks, thanks to a program created by 43North.  The program announced seven winning companies last week – including Strayos (St. Louis) and Peanut Butter (Chicago).  As part of the program, both companies must move their CEO and a majority of staff to Buffalo.…

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Research: Talent Attraction Case Study (Nebraska)

By SPN Team / November 8, 2019

Last summer, the Aksarben Foundation approached Chapman and Company about creating a landscape analysis on talent for Nebraska.  While this analysis is about Nebraska, there are many lessons for communities throughout the Silicon Prairie region. Here are some broad stroke lessons from the report: The United States is WAY behind on technology talent.  This is…

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Highlights from the Commonwealth Podcast, 11.4.19 – featuring David Graff and John Wirtz

By Tom McCauley / November 6, 2019

The Commonwealth Podcast features artists, entrepreneurs and athletes to uncover their approach to leading disruptive change. Host Nick Castner provided this episode recap to Silicon Prairie News. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, or Buzzsprout. This week, David Graff and John Wirtz, two of the founders of Hudl, sat down with The Commonwealth Podcast to discuss…

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Ryvit Builds on Success

By SPN Team / November 6, 2019

One of the major problems in the construction industry is that information must be entered into multiple platforms.  So, for example, contact information must be entered into an enterprise resource management (ERM) platform as well as a customer relationship management platform (CRM).  This makes the construction industry one of the least efficient in the world.…

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Funding Roundup for the Week of Oct. 21

By SPN Team / November 4, 2019

It was a strong week for Minnesota.  Between Total Expert and ShiraTronics, Minnesota based companies brought in more than $85 million in Venture Funding.  There was a little more diversity than in previous weeks with companies in Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, and Wisconsin also raising substantial funds.  These fundings are aggregate lists created from Crunchbase, SEC…

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St. Louis-Based Genomics Company, PierianDx, Raises a Big Series B Round

By Tom Chapman / October 30, 2019

St. Louis continues to have strong biotechnology startup fundings.  The most recent funded company is PierianDx, a clinical genomic informatics company. This week the company announced that it has raised $27 million from ATW Partners and SJF Ventures.  In addition to these funders, other existing investors participated in the round, including Health Catalyst Capital, Inova…

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