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Reflections of an Entrepreneur: LifeLoop CEO, Amy Johnson

By Razia Aziz-Seible / November 13, 2019

Omaha-based startup, LifeLoop is a senior living software company whose mission is to preserve the connections between residents, their care providers, and family members such that everyone is always “in the loop” about what is taking place in the lives of elderly loved ones in senior communities.  Silicon Prairie News has been following the story…

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3, 2, 1 Pitch Competition Marks 11th Year

By Nick Castner / November 12, 2019

Tuesday, November 5th marked the eleventh 3, 2, 1 Quick Pitch hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. The event gave 93 students three minutes a piece to present their business concept to panels of judges in Morrill Hall.  “We encourage students to pitch the craziest things they can…

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Funding Roundup for the Week of Oct. 28

By SPN Team / November 11, 2019

Two Silicon Prairie companies will be moving to Buffalo in the upcoming weeks, thanks to a program created by 43North.  The program announced seven winning companies last week – including Strayos (St. Louis) and Peanut Butter (Chicago).  As part of the program, both companies must move their CEO and a majority of staff to Buffalo.…

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Research: Talent Attraction Case Study (Nebraska)

By SPN Team / November 8, 2019

Last summer, the Aksarben Foundation approached Chapman and Company about creating a landscape analysis on talent for Nebraska.  While this analysis is about Nebraska, there are many lessons for communities throughout the Silicon Prairie region. Here are some broad stroke lessons from the report: The United States is WAY behind on technology talent.  This is…

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Highlights from the Commonwealth Podcast, 11.4.19 – featuring David Graff and John Wirtz

By Tom McCauley / November 6, 2019

The Commonwealth Podcast features artists, entrepreneurs and athletes to uncover their approach to leading disruptive change. Host Nick Castner provided this episode recap to Silicon Prairie News. Listen on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, or Buzzsprout. This week, David Graff and John Wirtz, two of the founders of Hudl, sat down with The Commonwealth Podcast to discuss…

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Margot Is Creating the Premier Wedding Planning Software

By Tom Chapman / October 24, 2019

Having spent significant time with Omaha founder, Candace Kalasky, the process of building good wedding planning software opened my eyes to the complexities presented by “the big day”. Ms. Kalasky started her first business, Lovestruck Events (www.lovestruckevents.co) in 2011. It started humbly as a way to help friends with their weddings.  According to Kalasky, this…

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Lincoln Startup Week

By SPN Newsroom / October 22, 2019

Guest Post: Christina Oldfather, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development Techstars Lincoln Startup Week, a week to celebrate, engage, and connect the entrepreneurial community, is back October 18th– 25th for its eighth year! The week successfully kicked off Friday night with a masquerade martini competition at Turbine Flats. Whether…

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Silicon Prairie Podcasts: A List

By Tom Chapman / October 15, 2019

In honor of the IO Summit, which was born out of the IO Podcast, Silicon Prairie News has compiled a list of some of our favorite podcasts from the Silicon Prairie: The Inside Outside Podcast – http://insideoutside.io/ – With over 168 episodes bringing together entrepreneurship and corporate innovation, this podcast is a regional leader in…

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Brian Ardinger Talks IO Summit, Nelnet, and Innovation

By Tom Chapman / October 9, 2019

Last week, SPN caught up with the Director of Innovation at Nelnet, Brian Ardinger.  Brian is also the founder of InsideOutside.io, makers of the IO Podcast and the IO Summit.  The Summit is coming to Lincoln on October 20 as part of the Startup Week festivities. The interview covered a number of topics and includes…

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