Posts by Christine McGuigan

Omaha’s Watts co-working space focuses on community and powering innovation

“We’re searching for the outliers––the people who think outside the box,” said Brandon Peterson, co-founder of co-working space Watts. Peterson and co-founder Dallas Polivka are both Lincoln natives, but they’ve invested themselves in their futures in growing Omaha’s community. Both entrepreneurs and founders, the pair launched Watts earlier in 2019 with a vision to create…

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

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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Heartland Developer’s Conference: Call for speakers

AIM Institute, the parent company of Silicon Prairie News, is now accepting speaker submissions for HDC 2019. AIM Institute’s Heartland Developers Conference (HDC) is one of the largest, most successful annual developer conferences in the country, bringing hundreds of developers into one place for three days of collaboration and innovation. This year, AIM is launching…

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Insurtech startup BriteCo raises $2M seed round

BriteCo, an Evanston, Illinois-based startup that partners with jewelers to help consumers insure fine jewelry and watches within minutes of purchase, today announced a seed-round raise of $2 million. The round’s investors include Brian Spaly, the founder of Trunk Club, and Jeff Taylor, the former chairman and CEO at Cole Taylor Bank. Available exclusively through…

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Fluent offers new approach to how startup ecosystems help support founders

Two thought-leaders and former NMotion teammates have reunited and are making waves with a new approach to how startup ecosystems help support founders. Last year Beth McKeon, former Managing Director of NMotion, launched Fluent, a nationwide entrepreneurial training firm. Now, Fluent is expanding to new markets, running data-driven and dynamically evolving partnerships tailored to each…

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Kyle Tut: Inspiring disruption with blockchain

Kyle Tut started learning about blockchain and cryptocurrency technologies almost two years ago. Not long after picking up interest in the subjects, he quit his job to dive into it full time. He started teaching himself about the emerging technologies and although he went on to find success as the CEO and founder of BlockEra…

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Vista Pipe & Supply increases oilfield visibility and accountability through partnership with Rig CallOut

Vista Pipe & Supply, a prominent and trusted supplier of OCTG, HDPE and line pipe to the oilfield, recently announced a move to broaden their service offering with an Enterprise License for Rig CallOut’s IoSC application. St. Louis-based Rig CallOut provides advanced geo-location technology and a simple to operate, cloud-based communication platform. The technology brings…

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KC’s Firebrand Ventures welcomes new partner Ryan Merket

Firebrand Ventures announced on Friday the addition of Ryan Merket to their team. Merket joins the Kansas City-based investor as a Partner based in Austin, Texas. Firebrand said in a press release that Ryan is an execeptional fit in regards to the company’s values and culture, while also bringing complementary skills and experience to the…

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