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Infotec 2021 virtual conference to feature keynote speaker Mike Smith, co-executive director of Rabble Mill

By SPN Newsroom / May 14, 2021

Life as a tech professional can be hard. Not at Infotec 2021, conference organizers say, previewing a robust virtual digital event experience aimed at helping attendees grow professionally while connecting with other IT and web professionals in the heartland.  After successfully hosting Infotec 2020 in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AIM…

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Omaha’s FNTS named to list of North America’s top tech providers

By SPN Newsroom / April 2, 2021

An Omaha-based managed service provider and data center has been named to a list honoring North America’s top 250 tech companies, according to a statement released yesterday. The company, FNTS, has joined the CRN Tech Elite 250 List, an annual register of IT solution providers of all sizes in North America that have earned cutting-edge…

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Sioux Falls B2B software integration developer Prismatic launches today

By SPN Newsroom / March 30, 2021

A Sioux Falls-based embedded integration platform developer for B2B software companies announced its general availability launch today. The company, Prismatic, strives to provide an easy-to-use integration platform in an era of increasingly specialized business software usage. A few years ago, Prismatic CEO and co-founder Michael Zuercher noticed a need for B2B software companies to have…

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Free three-day virtual summit to be held by gener8tor

By SPN Newsroom / March 26, 2021

The 2021 gener8tor CommUNITY Growth Summit will be held virtually from March 30 to April 1 and features keynote speakers, fireside chats and panel discussions involving representatives from startups, the arts and workforce development. The event will be hosted by gener8tor, a Silicon Prairie-based entrepreneurship cultivation platform that includes startup accelerators, corporate programming and conferences. …

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GiftAMeal continues to expand reach of hunger-fighting app with new chain restaurant partnership

By Tom McCauley / March 3, 2021

GiftAMeal, a mobile app that helps people discover new restaurants and provide meals to the food-insecure, announced today that it has teamed up with Lion’s Choice, a St. Louis-based regional chain (with locations throughout Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas City) that has been serving roast beef sandwiches since 1967. Beginning today, Lion’s Choice customers are eligible…

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HTI Labs fights human trafficking through research, technology, policy

By Tom McCauley / January 6, 2021

An Omaha-based company using a data-driven approach to combat human trafficking recently raised funding to expand its crucially needed work to support law enforcement, victims and survivors of the practice.  HTI Labs,  a social enterprise corporation combating human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault through data-driven research and tech, has grown far larger than CEO…

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IO2020: the New Innovators’ Summit connects entrepreneurial community (and tickets are free this year)

By SPN Newsroom / October 15, 2020

Great ideas start with curiosity. Bringing those ideas to life is its own challenge.  That’s what longtime entrepreneur Brian Ardinger believes, and that’s why he’s made it his mission to help Nebraska startup founders, business leaders and innovators solve those challenges.  Ardinger is cofounder of InsideOutside.io, an innovation-focused resource network for startups, entrepreneurs, investors, enterprises,…

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Developing Leadership When Things Are Not Good

By Tom McCauley / April 23, 2020

Originally posted on the AIM Institute blog No one knows how the coronavirus pandemic will evolve, how long the economy will stay underwater, or even what recovery looks like.  But the radical workplace upheaval and sudden ad hoc shift to remote technology over the past month suggest two truths:  We need more tech talent.   We…

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In midst of COVID-19, St. Louis-based GiftAMeal supports hungry people, restaurants

By SPN Newsroom / March 25, 2020

Andrew Glantz embodies the spirit of altruistic entrepreneurship. As a teen, Glantz served for 4 years as VP of the Southern California children’s charity Jr. Variety, planning fundraisers that obtained over $400,000 for various children’s causes. In college, he co-owned a nonprofit storefront promoting reuse and sustainability. And in October 2015, while still a junior…

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Weekly Funding Report

By Tom Chapman / December 17, 2019

The Silicon Prairie had an excellent week as deals appear to be closing before the holiday rush.  St. Louis and Minneapolis had strong weeks.  And we had a big round in Oklahoma.  The Zero Card of Tulsa which provides an interesting software solution to healthcare costs received significant outside funding – including participation from the…

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