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Our 10 favorite Iowa startup stories of 2015

By SPN Team / December 28, 2015

Silicon Prairie News covers the tech startup scene across Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Here are some of our favorite Iowa stories from this year: 1. Pear Deck wins Rise of the Rest competition at SXSW [Video] (Iowa City) Last March education startup Pear Deck won a $150,000 investment from Steve Case after winning the Rise of…

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Our 10 favorite Missouri startup stories of 2015

By SPN Team / December 23, 2015

Silicon Prairie News covers the tech startup scene across Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Here are some of our favorite Missouri stories from this year: 1. Farmobile raises $5.5 million in Series A (Kansas City) In December Farmobile, one of the premier ag tech startups in the region, announced they had closed their Series A fundraising round…

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Our 10 favorite Nebraska startup stories of 2015

By SPN Team / December 23, 2015

Silicon Prairie News covers the tech startup scene across Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Here are some of our favorite Nebraska stories from this year: 1. Hudl announces $72.5M raise, led by Accel and Nelnet (Lincoln) In April Hudl announced the close of their first round of institutional funding and made history with the largest raise ever in…

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Year in review: Ben McDougal’s Iowa startup community highlights

By SPN Team / December 23, 2015

2015 was so crazy that it’s hard to highlight the entire year in a single article, but why not, let’s try. Here’s a chronological reflection on a few things that really made 2015 special within Iowa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: Global Insurance Accelerator As 2015 began, teams from around the world were building their disruptive ideas inside…

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Our 10 favorite Kansas startup stories of 2015

By SPN Team / December 22, 2015

Silicon Prairie News covers the tech startup scene across Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Here are some of our favorite Kansas stories from this year: 1. Mycroft becomes Kansas’ “most successful Kickstarter campaign ever” (Lawrence) Mycroft has positioned itself as “AI for Everyone,” an open source, Raspberry Pi 2 and Arduino alternative to devices like the…

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Kearney, Nebraska’s tech community thrives on “rural sourcing”

By Rod Armstrong / December 22, 2015

Central Nebraska is defining the future of small town America with tech startups, dev shops and amenities for young talent. Intellicom, a Kearney-based technology solutions provider, recently celebrated its 20-year anniversary in business. The company has grown from a local startup to a regional company, providing services throughout central Nebraska. Dan Shundoff, CEO and President, thinks the…

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Grand Island, Nebraska, is betting on an entrepreneur-focused ecosystem

By Rod Armstrong / December 15, 2015

Grand Island’s “Grow GI” program includes big ideas like local angel investment, a business incubator and maker spaces. Founder and President Gloria Thesenvitz started Nova-Tech 25 years ago and ran it as a single mom. In a recent article that appeared in Open for Business Magazine, Thesenvitz described the challenges and successes of what is now one of the…

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Dear Prosper Women Entrepreneurs: “I can’t handle feedback!”

By SPN Newsroom / December 14, 2015

This article is part of our Dear Prosper Women Entrepreneurs series, in which the St. Louis-based accelerator Prosper Women Entrepreneurs answers common questions from women entrepreneurs. Dear Prosper Women Entrepreneurs, Everyone is telling me the importance of getting feedback on my idea, but I find this to be really difficult. Most people don’t understand what…

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In Hastings, Nebraska, entrepreneurship is the past—and the future

By Rod Armstrong / December 3, 2015

Without a major state university or Interstate highway, the central Nebraska community puts an emphasis on grassroots entrepreneurship. It’s a town most well-known for its place in Nebraska trivia books as the birthplace of Kool-Aid in 1927. Today Hastings, Neb., population 20,000, is home to several major manufacturers and agri-business companies. It is also home to…

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