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3 Keys to Help R&D Teams Prioritize Sustainability Despite Pursuing Innovation

By SPN Newsroom / May 15, 2021

This is a guest post by Jackson Cummings, research and development engineer at NanoGuard Technologies. Every day, businesses run into big problems. When those issues threaten profits or long-term viability, companies spend significant resources to solve them. In this high-stress environment, tunnel vision can easily creep in and produce myopic and unsustainable solutions. For a…

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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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Agtech startup Corral Technologies wins Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship’s New Venture Competition

By SPN Newsroom / May 7, 2021

April 13 was a big day for 22-year-old startup founder Jack Keating.  The Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Business had wrapped up its New Venture Competition, and Keating took home first prize: a $25,000 grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development to assist his new company, Corral Technologies, in…

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Prairie Roots run deep: new virtual conference grows connections in the entrepreneurial ecosystem

By SPN Newsroom / May 4, 2021

Last Friday marked the first-ever Prairie Roots Spring Show, a virtual event showcasing a variety of companies, creative projects and causes in that have survived—and in some cases, thrived—in the Midwest despite a tumultuous year. Created and curated by Scott Henderson, managing director of Lincoln-based NMotion, Prairie Roots gathered 100 business, creative and thought leaders…

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Remote work allows more Nebraskans to live local, work coastal

By SPN Newsroom / April 27, 2021

There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic upended the way millions of Americans work.   But how has the shift to remote work seen in some industries affected the Midwest? For three local tech workers, it’s provided the opportunity for them to work for coastal startups and tech companies while remaining in Omaha.  Researchers such as…

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Free virtual technology summit to connect tech professionals across Iowa

By SPN Newsroom / April 9, 2021

The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) will be hosting the Iowa Technology Summit Presented by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield on May 24-25, 2021.  The summit—a free, two-day virtual conference—aims to educate and connect technology professionals across the state. The summit will feature four themed tracks: cybersecurity and technology innovation on May 24 and…

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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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Omaha startup Pinata specializes in blockchain, plays vital role in emerging digital art market

By SPN Newsroom / March 20, 2021

Companies and tech-savvy individuals alike are increasingly adopting blockchain—a decentralized, distributed method for storing data securely—for their business needs, with global spending on blockchain solutions forecast to top $17 billion by 2024.  Used in everything from food supply chain tracking to public transaction ledgers for cryptocurrency, blockchain presents a win for cybersecurity and data safety.…

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