7th NMotion Demo Day in the books, summer program application open

By SPN Team / May 29, 2019

Five Nebraska companies demoed their companies last week at the 7th NMotion Demo Day at the Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln. The event was an opportunity for early-stage companies to practice their pitches and garner more exposure during the public event. NMotion’s 42 portfolio companies have collectively raised $10.56 million in financing, generated 46 jobs,…

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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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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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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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BREWSENSE offers beer brewers piece of mind from virtually anywhere

By Rod Armstrong / May 10, 2019

Corporate innovation usually brings to mind large companies trying to introduce an entrepreneurial mindset into their business. But that’s not always the case. Lincoln startup BREWSENSE grew out of I.D.E.A. Labs, an innovation group inside of KZValve, an engineering, design & manufacturing company in nearby Greenwood, Nebraska. “(KZValve owner) Keith Ziegenbein’s mindset is that you…

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GETConf: a Recap

By SPN Team / April 30, 2019

Last Friday, over one hundred people attended the Gender Equity in Technology Conference, or GETConf, at Metropolitan Community College’s Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology (CAET). The event sought to celebrate and amplify the voices of women and gender-expansive individuals in tech and featured a diverse cast of speakers, with topics ranging from designing against…

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What is machine as a service?  Ask Milwaukee-based SteamChain

By SPN Team / April 29, 2019

Milwaukee based startup SteamChain recently raised capital for a new concept called Machine-as-a-Service (“MaaS”). MaaS is a new idea of selling industrial machines based on performance metrics collected from the machine. Basically, MaaS is a combination of technologies that allow payments and contracts to be tied to the actual performance of a machine – rather…

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