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New Omaha Coworking Space Populus Supports the Physical and Mental Health of Entrepreneurs

By Tom McCauley / September 12, 2019

Mental health presents a serious concern for startups. The creativity, focus, discipline and long hours required to launch a business, let alone maintain and grow it, demands superhuman efforts from entrepreneurs and their staff. Add in an unhealthy lionizing of hustle culture, a volatile economy, chronic stress, a crowded marketplace, and the quotidian demands of…

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Editorial: Connecting Activities, an Appeal

By Tom Chapman / September 12, 2019

As some of you may know, I write many articles for Silicon Prairie News and have been a regular part of the Omaha and regional ecosystem for almost two decades.  I know many of the readers of Silicon Prairie News personally.  I appreciate your readership. SPN is a critical way that we connect with the…

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Large Series A Round for Minnesota Based 75F

By SPN Team / September 11, 2019

Last week, Twin Cities based 75F announced that the company had raised more than $18 million in a Series A round of financing led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Oil & Gas Climate Initiative.  Building Ventures, Revolution, and Clean Energy Trust participated in the round. The company was founded in 2012 and has been slowly…

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Gross-Wen Technologies Continues Strong 2019

By SPN Team / September 11, 2019

Ames, Iowa based Gross-Wen Technologies (“GWT”) filed paperwork with the SEC on Tuesday that it had raised an additional $1.25 million dollars.  The company which provides revolving algal biofilm system (“RAB”) to cost-effectively recover nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater. GWT primarily serves customers (usually cities) that own wastewater treatment plants, and many…

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WalkWise Helps Seniors Walk…Wisely

By Razia Aziz-Seible / September 10, 2019

WalkWise Helping Seniors Walk…Wisely Last month, on August 21, World Senior Citizen Day was celebrated to not only honor elderly adults but to also raise awareness of issues affecting this growing demographic.  According to the 2019 revision of the UN DESA World Population Prospects, 21.4 % of the world’s population will be 60 years and…

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The 2019 AIM Heartland Developers Conference Brings Tech Talent, Businesses, Bigfoot Together

By Tom McCauley / September 9, 2019

The 16th annual AIM Heartland Developers Conference drew over 700 attendees to Omaha last week and covered a range of topics relevant to the modern developer in 45 breakout sessions, 3 keynote speeches, multiple hands-on workshops and a panel discussion. Technical presentations on trending topics such as machine learning, data hierarchy and regional cloud automation…

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Non-Dilutive Capital Grants Help Lincoln Startups

By SPN Team / September 9, 2019

LaunchLNK is a local program in Lincoln, Nebraska that helps startups find early stage, non-dilutive capital. LaunchLNK, and their partners provide $25,000 as a grant to early stage companies that agree to live and work in Lincoln for a year. This grant was modeled on programs in Buffalo, NY and St. Louis. In some instances,…

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Two Wisconsin Companies Announce Raise of More Than $1 Million

By SPN Team / September 6, 2019

OnLume and Simply Solutions announced last week that they had raised over one million dollars in venture funding. Madison based medical device company, OnLume, filed paperwork with the SEC that they had raised $1.37 million of incremental cash.  On its website, the company describes its technology as, “intuitive and ergonomic solutions for precise fluorescene image-guided…

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Another Raise for Inprentus

By SPN Team / September 5, 2019

Inprentus, a Champaign, Illinois, company filed paperwork with the SEC on Friday that it had completed a raise of more than $1 million.  Inprentus makes blazed diffraction gratings used at synchrotrons and free electron laser facilities.  The company was created in 2012 by University of Illinois faculty member, Peter Abbemonte. Inprentus build diffraction gratings for…

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