Corporate Innovation


Omaha’s Watts co-working space focuses on community and powering innovation

By Christine McGuigan / May 28, 2019

“We’re searching for the outliers––the people who think outside the box,” said Brandon Peterson, co-founder of co-working space Watts. Peterson and co-founder Dallas Polivka are both Lincoln natives, but they’ve invested themselves in their futures in growing Omaha’s community. Both entrepreneurs and founders, the pair launched Watts earlier in 2019 with a vision to create…

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North Bend-based CropMetrics optimizes irrigation with sensors, science, and service

By Laura Neesen / May 24, 2019

CropMetrics is giving growers greater insights in their irrigation practices with its precision irrigation management software platform and service offering. Unpredictability is an enduring facet of agriculture; from wind and rain to sun and soil, farmers must be masters at managing the countless variable conditions that affect their business. CropMetrics is innovating a technology solution…

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Polco completes another round of funding

By SPN Team / May 21, 2019

Online civics engagement start-up Polco closed a $1.7M round of equity funding on April 19, 2019. Though based in Madison, Wisconsin, Polco, short for Policy Confluence, Inc. was launched through the Bryan, Texas-based Seed Sumo accelerator in 2015. The company provides a communication platform that encourages community leaders to engage with the residents they serve…

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MultiMechanics’ MultiMech 19.0 release expands on software’s capabilities and speed

By Rod Armstrong / May 20, 2019

MultiMechanics, an Omaha-based developer of multiscale composite modeling and simulation software, has announced the release of MultiMech 19.0. The release will improve the breadth and run times of multiscale composite simulations. “This will help get materials to market faster,” said Dr. Flavio Souza, MultiMechanics President & CTO. “We can speed up that process through simulation,…

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ClickSWITCH builds new payments system, receives funding

By SPN Team / May 20, 2019

ClickSWITCH, a Minneapolis based financial payments company, has announced that they had secured $13 million Series B Funding. This round was led by Commerce Ventures and Point72 Ventures. ClickSWITCH provides a white-labeled product that helps new and existing bank customers simplify and automate direct deposits and recurring payments. Banks are excited about this technology because…

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Tractor Zoom bridges farmers and machinery auctioneers

By Laura Neesen / May 14, 2019

Tractor Zoom is the creator of a platform designed to digitally connect farmers with equipment auctioneers across North America. Founder Kyle McMahon grew up in Fairfield, a small ag community in southeast Iowa. His work ethic and love for equipment led him to start a lawn and landscaping business. He sold the business to fund…

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Lincoln-based BasicBlock continues expansion and evolution

By SPN Team / May 10, 2019

  In a recent Facebook post, Taylor Monks, the CEO of BasicBlock, revealed that the company had received angel investment from world-famous angel investor, Jason Calacanis. This investment comes on the heels of BasicBlock receiving a Lincoln Launch grant. These fundings and the inherent support are signals of the significant growth and evolution of BasicBlock…

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Major Midwest HIT merger positions Sioux Falls as leading startup/health tech hub

By Laura Neesen / May 9, 2019

Sioux Falls-based DocuTAP and Illinois-based Practice Velocity – two of the biggest names in EHR/on-demand healthcare – just announced their official merger this morning to become newly formed company Experity. Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing, has merged DocuTAP and Practice Velocity— the two leaders and innovators in the…

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43 new hires join Sojern at GloCon

By Laura Neesen / May 9, 2019

                    Sojern wraps up its 8th annual Global Employee Conference, or “GloCon” as it is popularly known, today in Omaha. The conference, held in Omaha for the first time, is an opportunity for the entire Sojern team to gather for training, team building, company planning, and…

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