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opendorse announces close of Series A funding

By Rod Armstrong / November 7, 2017

Lincoln startup opendorse, a leading athlete marketing platform that helps athletes share content on social media, announced yesterday its close of $3.5mm in a Series A financing round. The investment will support the company’s commitment to helping athletes maximize the value of their social audience. More than 2,400 athletes use opendorse to provide 1,500 brands…

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Read like a venture capitalist: Brock Smith’s resource list

By SPN Team / November 2, 2017

I joined Invest Nebraska in June 2015 as an associate knowing very little about venture capital.  I’d attended law school and passed the bar exam, earned an MBA, founded a successful lifestyle company, and won some high growth pitch competitions. Yet, it’s amazing how little I actually knew about doing the job I had accepted.…

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Invest Nebraska’s Brock Smith makes move to Kansas City’s GXP Investments

By SPN Team / October 31, 2017

Since Brock Smith joined Invest Nebraska in June 2015, the company has invested $9.2M in 40 Nebraska-based high-growth startups, as well as funded 18 companies as part of the NMotion accelerator. Those companies have raised an additional $76.3M, an amount that increases every quarter as companies such as Quantified Ag, Virtual Incision, Blue Prairie Brands,…

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5 Trends Transforming the World of Venture Capital

By SPN Team / October 4, 2017

As a designer with no formal business training, I could be the last person qualified to write about the world of venture capital. However, over the last several years of working with dozens of startups seeking seed funding and scale-ups pitching for Series A, I’ve taken it upon myself to learn the language. (along with…

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Omaha’s MultiMechanics Raises $1.9M in Seed Funding

By Rod Armstrong / July 27, 2017

MultiMechanics, an Omaha startup and leading developer of virtual testing software designed to help companies reduce physical prototyping and testing, has announced it raised $1.9 million in new financing, with investments from Solvay Ventures, Anzu Partners, and Invest Nebraska. The new investment will be used to grow the company’s engineering team, further its product development…

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Invest Nebraska brings capital raises to state’s communities

By Rod Armstrong / July 25, 2017

In 2011 state-by-state ranking, Nebraska came in dead last in venture capital deals with exactly zero. By 2015, Nebraska had jumped to 25th nationally with 13 deals totaling nearly $120 million.* So what changed? Some credit the Nebraska Business Innovation Act (BIA) for priming the pump. The BIA is administered by the Nebraska Department of…

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Hudl secures $30M in recent fundraising round

By Rod Armstrong / July 6, 2017

Sports tech company Hudl has announced that it has secured $30 million in funding through a round led by existing investors including Accel, Jeff and Tricia Raikes, and Nelnet. In a news release, Hudl said the investment signals continuing confidence in the company and its mission to capture and bring value to every moment in…

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