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Certified Cell gives users more autonomy over technology

By Matthew Robbins Case / July 9, 2021

An up-and-coming Omaha startup is advising iPhone users to think twice before swapping out their old or damaged devices for new ones. Joshua Hample, co-founder and CEO of Omaha-based startup Certified Cell, says in many cases, defects that seem irreparable are actually fixable, though wireless carriers don’t necessarily want you to know that. Hample said…

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Inside Outside Innovation episode 256 released today, featuring author Amos Schwartzfarb

By SPN Newsroom / June 29, 2021

SPN loves to highlight the work of the Silicon Prairie ecosystem’s leaders and innovators. Since 2016, the Inside Outside Innovation podcast has delivered the latest news on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship every week to listeners for whom an outside-the-box perspective is a prerequisite for success. On this week’s episode of the Inside Outside Innovation podcast,…

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Free webinar: Rapid Growth In The Face Of Uncertainty

By SPN Newsroom / June 10, 2021

At 2 pm today, Network After Work is offering a free webinar hosted by salesperson and bestselling author Matthew Pollard. The webinar focuses on transcending the “endless hamster wheel” of stalled growth. Organizers say participants will walk away understanding where they’ve gone wrong and how to get back on track with a few specific strategies.…

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Time to stop the summer slide: Do Space kicks off its Summer Passport program this Saturday online

By SPN Newsroom / June 3, 2021

The summer slide isn’t just some scorching metal tube of playground equipment. It’s also a phenomenon you might remember from youth: that slackening of the mind that accompanies summer vacation and forgotten subject matter. In other words, the bane of all teachers everywhere. To #stoptheslide, Do Space is once again instituting its annual summer passport…

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Women in Tech: Evelyn Espinoza-Macias

By SPN Newsroom / May 23, 2021

Growing up in a low-income, Spanish-speaking household in South Omaha, Evelyn Espinoza-Macias said she always struggled with a language barrier. Her parents, though supportive, could not speak English or provide the same level of help on schoolwork that many of her peers received. The Latinx young woman remembers spending countless extra hours at school working…

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Latest crop of IT managers graduates AIM Tech Leaders Academy

By SPN Newsroom / May 20, 2021

The AIM Institute recently held a virtual graduation ceremony in celebration of the latest cohort to complete the nonprofit tech organization’s Advanced Tech Leaders Academy, an intensive leadership development program for technology professionals. Thirty-four participants from 14 companies completed this an annual management course for tech professionals, the goal of which is to enhance leadership…

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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 Matthew Robbins Case / 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 Matthew Robbins Case / 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 Accelerator Studio for gener8tor, Prairie Roots gathered 100 business,…

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