Nelnet announces move on fintech services with new Nelnet Loan Servicing

By Christine McGuigan / April 10, 2018

Lincoln-based Nelnet announced on Monday that the company is expanding its service options to provide new services to fintech lending platforms. A press release from Nelnet said that “Nelnet Loan Servicing will leverage the experience, scale, and personnel of its existing servicing business with technology enhancements to meet the unique needs of fintech companies with…

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Kansas City’s Firebrand Ventures closes fund at $17.7M

By Christine McGuigan / April 5, 2018

Firebrand Ventures announced the close of its seed fund on Wednesday, with an oversubscribed total of $17.7 million, nearly 250% over their initial goal of $7M. In a time when roughly 75-80% of venture capital raised in the U.S. still goes to California, Massachusetts and New York, Firebrand’s Kansas City-based fund is proving there’s VC interest…

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Lincoln-based SitStay announces acquisition and move to Wichita

By Christine McGuigan / March 21, 2018

Lincoln-based SitStay was one of the first online pet supply retailers when it was founded in 1996. The company maintained its spot in Lincoln’s e-commerce ecosystem for 22 years (154 in dog-years) before announcing the next phase of the company’s journey. SitStay was acquired by pet product manufacturer Buddy Brands earlier this month. SitStay is…

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TechAccel announces investment in plant biotechnology startup Plastomics Inc.

By Christine McGuigan / February 12, 2018

Venture development company TechAccel, LLC announced on Thursday that it has completed a science advancement investment with Plastomics Inc., a St. Louis-based biotechnology startup making better crops through chloroplast engineering. TechAccel’s investment will fund a science advancement initiative designed to accelerate the development of Plastomics’ technology and a new chloroplast-expressed insect control trait collaboration currently…

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Flyover Capital funds Midwest startups and success stories

By Christine McGuigan / February 7, 2018

Most startup funding news seems to come out of Silicon Valley, but Flyover Capital knows the value of the Silicon Prairie’s talent pool and local entrepreneurs and is paying close attention to the next crop of tech success stories growing in the Midwest. Based in the Kansas City area, Flyover Capital looks to fund innovative…

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