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Tech Crawl at Turbine Flats Caps Off Lincoln Start-Up Week

By Tom McCauley / October 28, 2019

On Thursday, Turbine Flats hosted a Tech Crawl as part of Lincoln Start-Up Week. About 60 attendees over the course of two hours indulged in free beer and snacks as they toured information booths staffed by local startups and tech organizations. Participating organizations included the AIM Institute, Expansive Media, Tech Expander, the Commonwealth Podcast, Dashr…

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Funding Roundup: Week of Oct. 7

By SPN Team / October 21, 2019

This was a relatively light week for funding announcements in the Silicon Prairie, but it was dominated by rounds from Chicago, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Large Rounds ($10+ million) The Milwaukee Business Journal reported that Shine Medical Technologies raised $50 million in new financing from Oaktree Capital to continue to commercialize radioisotopes for medical uses. In…

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Scribe launches subscription greeting card service for busy people, draws on expertise of working artists

By Henry Nunn / October 15, 2019

In our increasingly digital society, it’s easy to feel disconnected. Despite the ubiquity of social media and texting, nothing beats the thrill of face-to-face interaction, though a nice handwritten letter or a greeting card comes close. Jesse and Ross Harding, two brothers raised in Omaha, experienced such disconnection when they moved away from home. Living…

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Greenlight Natural Opens CBD Dispensary in Benson

By Henry Nunn / October 1, 2019

In 2005, Chris Potratz was deployed in Kuwait. The war in Iraq had already taken the lives of some 2,000 U.S. soldiers, and many of those who returned were plagued with anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain, as Potratz was.  Upon completing his service, Potratz sought relief. He tried pharmaceuticals prescribed by the Veteran Affairs Medical…

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Largest Women Run, Venture Backed Startup in Each Silicon Prairie State

By SPN Newsroom / September 25, 2019

Like many regions in the United States, the Silicon Prairie significantly under performs expectations regarding female entrepreneurship.  This has led certain communities to place a premium on identifying high potential women with the goal of helping facilitate more startups from women founded companies. Today, Pitchbook published an article regarding the largest women led, venture backed…

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Hudl acquires Wyscout

By Scott Bragg / August 15, 2019

In acquisition news, Hudl announced the purchase of Wyscout, an Italian based football (soccer) scouting company. The amount of the acquisition was not disclosed. In a previous round of financing, Wyscout raised $3mm on a convertible note at a $25mm pre-money valuation in 2014 (Crunchbase). In this April 2019 article in Forbes, Wyscout reportedly has…

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Daake Helps Brands Focus through Strategy and Design

By Tom McCauley / August 5, 2019

Daake knows something about reinvention. In May, the Omaha-based branding agency acquired local creative mainstays Webster Design, nearly doubling their staff and gaining some powerful minds in the process. The agency also recently upgraded their offices, rehabbing a former cigar bar into a sleek, sunlit, open-plan environment overlooking a golf course.  Spend a few minutes…

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Cameo Secures Massive Series B Round

By Aidan Chapman / July 31, 2019

Cameo is a Chicago-based startup that makes it possible to buy personalized shout-outs from celebrities and influencers. In June 2019 they received $50 million in a round of series B funding led by American venture capitalist firm, Kleiner Perkins. After the injection of funds, the company has increased its valuation from $250 million to $300 million. …

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