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Iowa State Fair hosts Iowa State University pitch competition

By Justin Krug / September 4, 2019

More than 200 Iowa State University student and alumni entrepreneurs representing 168 business ventures gathered to pitch their products and services as part of Iowa State University’s exhibit in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair. The event took place from August 8-18. Each pitch contestant competed for $1,000 to $5000 awards in the “Great Iowa State University STANDING innOVATION…

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Reprint from University of Nebraska-Omaha: Exosuit Makes Walking and Running Easier

By Tom Chapman / August 23, 2019

The below article is re-printed with the authorization of the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  We discovered it quite by accident, but thought that it needed a wider circulation.  Please feel free to send similar amazing technology stories for reprint on Silicon Prairie News to editor@siliconprairienews.com. Between walking at a leisurely pace and running for your life,…

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Rantizo: improving the ag industry one drone at a time

By Justin Krug / August 22, 2019

Last week, SPN had the chance to speak with Michael Ott, founder and CEO of Rantizo – a company offering a unique, easy-to-use and cost-effective solution to agrichemical spraying via drones. Rantizo sells agricultural drones and drone spraying services. These drones deliver targeted sprays precisely where they are needed for various agricultural applications. Rantizo’s upgraded…

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Healthcare startup offering supply chain management solutions gains funding

By Razia Aziz-Seible / August 21, 2019

Based in Bloomington, Minnesota, Emerging Therapy Solutions (ETS) is a predictive intelligence platform designed for the payer community to simplify the management of emerging therapy processes. In late May, the company secured $1 million in equity funding from San Francisco, California-based Telegraph Hill Partners, a private equity firm that regularly invests in life science, medical…

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Omaha based Bot Image raises money on Start Engine

By Tom Chapman / August 16, 2019

On the 8th of August, Bot Image filed paperwork with the SEC that they had received $355k in funds from outside investors. The company used Start Engine, a cloud funding website that has helped more than 275 companies raise more than $100mm in investments. Bot Image is an artificial intelligence software tool for accurately identifying…

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Hudl acquires Wyscout

By Scott Bragg / August 15, 2019

In acquisition news, Hudl announced the purchase of Wyscout, an Italian based football (soccer) scouting company. The amount of the acquisition was not disclosed. In a previous round of financing, Wyscout raised $3mm on a convertible note at a $25mm pre-money valuation in 2014 (Crunchbase). In this April 2019 article in Forbes, Wyscout reportedly has…

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FanFood announces partnership with Samsung

By Justin Krug / August 14, 2019

Last week, SPN had the chance to speak with Carson Goodale, founder, and CEO of FanFood. FanFood was originally formed in Iowa but the company has since moved to Chicago to pursue their business. FanFood is a mobile ordering and concessions management platform designed to improve the fan experience while streamlining the concessions management and…

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Fourstarzz Media: fueling the growth of influencer marketing

By Justin Krug / August 13, 2019

Over the past 50 years, business marketing strategies have changed substantially. But there has always been one constant – the power of word-of-mouth marketing. People talking to people has always been one of the most impactful marketing methods.  The rise in social media personalities has hence sparked the interest of many businesses. Now marketers can…

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VetMeasure receives early funding from Ames Seed Fund

By Tom Chapman / August 12, 2019

On August 7th, VetMeasure announced a $100k investment by the Ames Seed Fund. The investment will provide the necessary runway for the company to expand their animal health monitoring products. Vetmeasure is an Ames based creator of a “harness” that measures the health of an animal’s heart and other key health statistics. The harness can…

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