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Research: State Funding Report for the Silicon Prairie

By Tom Chapman / September 16, 2019

2018 was a terrific year for the Silicon Prairie regarding venture dollars deployed.  More than $6.1B was deployed in the region.  While the number of companies receiving funds was about 8% lower (approximately 1450 companies were venture backed in the region), the amount of funding was up more than 34.5% from 2017 to 2018.  Thus,…

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Join Pipeline, Change Your Entrepreneurial Trajectory

By Tom Chapman / August 28, 2019

Today, August 28th, the Pipeline Entrepreneurial Fellowship is opening its application for 2020 fellows. Pipeline is the premier networking, mentoring, and entrepreneurial encouragement program in the Midwest.  It has effectively helped build a network throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.  In so doing, Pipeline has helped, inspired, networked, and shaped individual entrepreneurs that have collectively created…

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First fundings research report

By Tom Chapman / August 2, 2019

In talking to Jessica Straus, Dundee Venture Capital’s new Venture Partner, it occurred to me that we should write an update on first fundings in what Straus called the “mighty middle”. This paper describes first fundings.  First fundings are a recordation of companies that raise capital for the first time.  This paper uses Pitchbook data…

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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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BuddyBrands on the cutting edge of pet science

By SPN Team / April 24, 2019

Wichita-based BuddyBrands started by building better beds to help canines get their sleep.  The company has expanded its offerings to include so much more. The BuddyRest story begins seven years ago when company Co-founder, Trevor Crotts’ labradoodle, Buddy, visited the vet. Crotts happened to be a corporate trainer in the mattress industry at the time,…

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Midwest eSports puts the “sport” in video gaming

By SPN Team / April 23, 2019

Video gaming has always been a fiercely competitive pastime. Those who are old enough surely remember hunkering down into a game after school and bickering with their siblings over the Atari joystick for a crack at Pitfall! or Frogger. (For those who are too young to have relished in the joy of the successful virtual…

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Alyss’ insights helping companies land the best talent

By SPN Team / April 3, 2019

Alyss is innovating in hiring. When Alyss competed for and won the $120K grand prize at the Inside/Outside Innovation Summit in Lincoln, Nebraska last year, company Founder and CEO Mike Mathia was determined to realize his vision of helping job applicants stand out and demonstrate their qualifications beyond a simple resume. Less than one year…

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8QS With a Silicon Prairie Founder: Maggie Schoonover

By SPN Team / March 26, 2019

  Maggie Schoonover calls herself “an introverted science nerd.”  We call her an inspiring Silicon Prairie Founder, and we’re pleased she chose to share her co-founding story with SPN and our readers.  Here’s what she had to say…. My educational background is heavily focused in the sciences – I earned a B.S. in Meteorology from…

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Lawn Buddy revolutionizing lawncare

By SPN Team / March 11, 2019

Sometimes the grass is greener, and other times, it’s overgrown. Wichita-based Lawn Buddy can help with the latter. Steven Werner grew up on a small ranch in Wyoming, enlisted in the Marine Corp as a junior in high school, toured in Afghanistan, and found his way back to Wyoming in 2013. Throughout his military career,…

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