Stefanie Monge

  • Newsletter, July 17 – Robotics

    Newsletter, July 17 – Robotics

    A new industry-certified training program supported by the Heartland Robotics Cluster is upskilling Nebraskans to navigate a future or work that includes collaborative and industrial robotics. The training is available through the Nebraska Innovation Studio (NIS) at University of Nebraska-Lincoln Innovation Campus. Private businesses are sponsoring employees and individuals to get industry certified using robotic…

  • Newsletter, July 10 – Sprinkk Facilities

    Newsletter, July 10 – Sprinkk Facilities

    In June, Tessa Porter, candy scientist and founder of candy development company Sprinkk, opened a pair of state-of-the-art facilities in Nebraska to help up-and-coming confectionists bring their sweet treats to market.  Porter and her team hope to play a role in reshaping how startup candy makers develop and test their new product ideas with the…

  • Newsletter, July 3 – Pitch Black

    Newsletter, July 3 – Pitch Black

    This year’s Pitch Black event marks the first time the Midlands African Chamber hosted a conference alongside the annual pitch competition. The 2024 Pitch Black Conference and Tech Showcase attracted a diverse group of entrepreneurs, and one lucky startup walked away with $10,000 for their business. Read more about the event and see the list…

  • Newsletter, June 26 – Monolith Expansion

    Newsletter, June 26 – Monolith Expansion

    Monolith is a clean energy company that pioneered a new technology to produce carbon black and hydrogen. Now Monolith is expanding its footprint—and economic impact—in Nebraska by moving its global headquarters to Lincoln. Methane pyrolysis, also known as methane cracking or methane splitting, holds promise for a range of applications related to efforts to reduce…

  • Newsletter, June 19: Nave Funding

    Newsletter, June 19: Nave Funding

    Nebraska AgTech startup Nave Analytics raised a $400k funding round to advance its irrigation efficiency technology and expand into global markets. The AgTech startup developed a sensor-free irrigation platform that equips producers with tools to make data-informed decisions about water use. For example, the software can collect environmental data to produce 3-D maps of water…

  • Newsletter, June 12: Pipeline Entrepreneurs

    Newsletter, June 12: Pipeline Entrepreneurs

    Pipeline Entrepreneurs is a Kauffman Foundation program designed to support high-growth entrepreneurs in the Midwest, specifically Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Despite the Kauffman Foundation’s new strategic plan to refocus its commitments to drive more impact in the KC community, Pipeline’s Executive Director Melissa Vincent says the Pipeline Entrepreneurs program plans to target their efforts in…

  • Newsletter, June 5: BFF Omaha

    Newsletter, June 5: BFF Omaha

    Benson First Friday started in June 2012 as a DIY grassroots art walk produced by a pair of bartenders/artist in the Benson neighborhood in Omaha. Now officially BFF Omaha, the nonprofit is focused on fostering community engagement through art. The nonprofit upstart has come a long way under the leadership of Co-founder and Executive Director…

  • Newsletter, May 29: NMotion Showcase

    Newsletter, May 29: NMotion Showcase

    More than 100 people gathered to celebrate the latest cohort of NMotion founders at Millwork Commons in Omaha last week. Seven companies, including the winner of a recent NMotion pitch competition, presented their startups to the audience. NMotion announced its plan to invest an additional $3M in 30 more companies through 2026. The event also…

  • Newsletter, May 22: Omaha GDP

    Newsletter, May 22: Omaha GDP

    In 2022, as the nation emerged from a pandemic, Douglas County’s gross domestic product grew 9.2%—the most of any county with at least 500,000 residents, according to a recent report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The county, home of Omaha, had never previously placed in the top 50 since the agency began recording the…

  • Newsletter, May 15: Inside Outside Innovation Summit

    Newsletter, May 15: Inside Outside Innovation Summit

    The initial schedule for Silicon Prairie Startup Week is now online! The week kicks off Monday, November 11 in Lincoln with the IO2024 Summit, NMotion Showcase and Startup Week Opening Party—all happening at the Rococo Theatre. Events continue throughout the week in Lincoln, Ashland, Omaha and Council Bluffs. A special thank you to Silicon Prairie…