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Digital Sandbox exceeds funding goals, helps 19 startups raise $7M

By SPN Team / March 5, 2014

Earlier this week, Digital Sandbox KC announced it has helped 19 early-stage tech startups raise roughly $7 million in follow-on funding, surpassing its investment goal six months earlier than planned. Digital Sandbox was originally funded through $1 million from the federal i6 Challenge Grant. Since its creation in February 2013, Digital Sandbox KC has worked with…

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Lincoln’s Jumpstart Challenge will tackle real estate, insurance problems

By SPN Team / February 24, 2014

100+ people making it happen at the JumpStart Challenge pic.twitter.com/aQ2SohenRf — Brian Ardinger (@ardinger) February 22, 2014 More than 100 tech entrepreneurs gathered in Lincoln Saturday to find out the problems they will solve in the first JumpStart Challenge. The competition offers three challenges to tackle, including problems from HomeServices real estate, INSPRO Insurance and…

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Drive Capital co-founder announced as keynote speaker at TAI’s i2iowa

By SPN Team / February 18, 2014

The Technology Association of Iowa announced Monday that Drive Capital co-founder Chris Olsen will be the keynote speaker at the organization’s third annual i2iowa. Earlier this month, the Columbus, Ohio-based venture capital firm announced a $250 million fund that will be used to fund roughly 30 companies across the Midwest. Drive Capital’s website lists technology, tech-enabled services, health care and consumer…

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Flywheel launches site to answer the question “I heart designers because…”

By SPN Team / February 14, 2014

Flywheel, the Omaha-based WordPress hosting site for creatives and designers, is spreading the love this Valentine’s Day. They’re allowing users to share their love for designers that make our world more beautiful. They launched weheartdesigners.com Friday in honor of Valentine’s Day where they’ll be aggregating love notes from people who finish the sentence “I <3 designers because….”

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One week for startups to apply for $50K from STL-based Arch Grants

By SPN Team / February 13, 2014

Time is running out to apply for Arch Grants‘ annual Global Business Plan Competition, a startup competition that awards $50,000 grants to startups located in St. Louis or those willing to relocate there. Last year the nonprofit gave away $1.2 million in grants to 22 startups. Participating companies also have the opportunity to receive one of two…

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