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Healium: powering virtual worlds with the brain

By Justin Krug / July 5, 2019

StoryUP, the makers of a virtual stress relief product called Healium, has made some serious headway recently. The Missouri-based startup was selected from a pool of 5,000 applicants from 120 different countries to present at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the Hague in the Netherlands June 3-5. “We were delighted to be selected and even…

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Flywheel’s New Owner: About WP Engine

By SPN Team / June 27, 2019

Flywheel is an Omaha-based startup that has helped designers create, build, host, and manage WordPress sites. The deal was described as the largest of its type in the WordPress industry in a press release by the acquiring company – WP Engine.

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Your guide to the Heartland’s 1 Million Cups events

By Razia Aziz-Seible / June 17, 2019

1 Million Cups was developed in Kansas City, MO in 2012 by Co-Founders Cameron Cushman and Nate Olson who were working at the time on the Entrepreneurship Team at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  What began as an experiment to bring entrepreneurs in one city together over a cup of coffee towards a goal of…

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St. Louis-based CoverCress Inc. named to Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator’s agtech program

By Christine McGuigan / May 23, 2019

St. Louis-based CoverCress Inc. has been selected for Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator’s (IN2) first agtech cohort. IN2 is a $30 million technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) CoverCress Inc. is one of only five agtech companies selected for the incubator, and will…

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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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KC-based BacklotCars raises $25 million

By SPN Team / April 22, 2019

On April 15, BacklotCars of Kansas City, Missouri announced a $25 million Series B raise. BacklotCars cars has raised more than $38 million since inception. BacklotCars provides an online mechanism for wholesale car buyers to purchase cars without going to physical locations for auctions. The company has built tools for inspections – both physical and…

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Sling Health Demo Day at Cortex in St. Louis draws 20 teams

By SPN Team / April 18, 2019

Sling Health, founded in 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis, hosted the 7th annual Demo Day at Cortex Innovation Community on Saturday, April 13. Sling Health is a national network of student-run biotechnology incubator with chapters at Harvard, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, LSU, Georgia Tech, Emory, Drexel, Texas Tech, and UCLA.…

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Prepare.ai draws a sell-out crowd in its second year in St. Louis

By SPN Team / April 17, 2019

The Prepare.ai Conference on Artificial Intelligence marked its second year last week at the Eric P. Newman Education Center in St. Louis, Missouri on April 9. The conference has grown since its inauguration last year, attracting 500 attendees from across the country to hear from a top-notch lineup of speakers on a range of Artificial…

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