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OpsCompass closes early stage round

By SPN Team / March 26, 2019

OpsCompass announced this week its receipt of $1.5 million in an early stage equity deal. Dundee Venture Capital, M25, Invest Nebraska, Nelnet, and the Nebraska Angels participated in the round. OpsCompass is a subscription service business that helps enterprises migrate workload to the public cloud. Specifically, the company has compliance, governance, operations, and cost features…

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Nebraska’s OpsCompass on the move

By SPN Team / February 5, 2019

Omaha-based OpsCompass continues its gains and growth in 2019 at a steady clip. Following its acquisition of Agape Red and the successful launch of its flagship cloud governance product HELM in 2018, the company immediately went to work on its new HELM Compliance Module for the healthcare industry. The module will help clients manage their…

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New companies and an accelerator are tackling transportation and logistics in the Silicon Prairie

By SPN Team / December 10, 2018

Virtually every community in the Silicon Prairie advertises that it is in the middle of the country, and thus it is a good location for transportation, logistics, and warehousing.  It should come as no surprise then, that many regional communities have a significant employment level in transportation and warehousing. According to the United States Cluster…

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NMotion and Gener8tor announce new partnership

By SPN Team / December 7, 2018

NMotion and Gener8tor have announced a new partnership federating the two early stage accelerators. Brian Ardinger, founder of NMotion, and Troy Vosseller, founder of Gener8tor, announced the partnership at NMotion’s sixth demo day held in Lincoln, Nebraska, (home to NMotion), on December 6th. Gener8tor is a GOLD-tier accelerator with operations in Minnesota, Madison, and Milwaukee,…

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Guest Post: Your city never stood a chance of HQ2

By SPN Team / November 26, 2018

Last week our article from Chicago provided interesting insight into HQ2 and its selection. We reached directly out to Jeffrey Carter when we saw his blog post because we thought it was really insightful. In response to Carter’s post, LaunchCode of St. Louis reached out to ask if we could publish the following post.  This…

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Allianz, Securian partnering with gener8tor to form OnRamp

By SPN Team / November 13, 2018

Allianz, the €126 billion German insurance giant, and Securian Financial, the $5.1 billion financial services company, announced a partnership with the Wisconsin-based startup accelerator, gener8tor. This partnership will launch the OnRamp Insurance Accelerator in Minneapolis-St. Paul. OnRamp will provide five startups per year with $100,000 cash investment, office space, and support from gener8tor’s network of…

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Minneapolis based Travel Labs joins Beta.MN and raises $500K

By SPN Team / November 13, 2018

Minneapolis-based Travel Labs joins Beta.MN and raises $500,000. Travel Labs is the creator of an artificial intelligence platform intended to make business travel easier. They are also the creator of a travel application called Tempore, which helps provide business travelers with a reimagined experience. Travel Labs is intended to mimic the role of an executive…

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Why Silicon Prairie communities need to be thinking about where they should be, not just where others are

By SPN Team / October 23, 2018

In doing the research for the Silicon Prairie Annual Report, slated for a November release, Chapman and Company noticed an interesting trend when comparing venture activity (as identified in Pitchbook) in the Midwest. As can be seen in the below graph (which includes Midwest communities that received venture investment in 2017), the order of investment…

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Total Expert closes $20 million Series B deal led by Emergence Capital

By SPN Team / October 11, 2018

Minneapolis-based Total Expert announced today that the firm has raised $20 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Emergence Capital with participation from Rally Ventures and Arthur Ventures, bringing Total Expert’s total funding to $34 million.  The six-year old company is a marketing platform for the mortgage industry, but the firm plans…

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