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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More than 600 attend Heartland Shark Tank casting call

By Rod Armstrong / April 15, 2019

The first step in getting on Shark Tank, the reality TV startup pitch competition, is a casting call. On April 6, 150 teams got their chance to pitch to one of five casting producers in Lincoln. The event was organized by the Engler Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “This is the time of…

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gener8tor is powering Midwest innovation

By SPN Team / April 9, 2019

gener8tor is no longer just a top tier accelerator hidden away in Wisconsin. gener8tor’s mission is to be the best partner for a community to invest in its best and brightest. gener8tor is proving this mission through its success around the SPN region – growing more multiple programs in communities throughout the Midwest. The company…

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Alyss’ insights helping companies land the best talent

By SPN Team / April 3, 2019

Alyss is innovating in hiring. When Alyss competed for and won the $120K grand prize at the Inside/Outside Innovation Summit in Lincoln, Nebraska last year, company Founder and CEO Mike Mathia was determined to realize his vision of helping job applicants stand out and demonstrate their qualifications beyond a simple resume. Less than one year…

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Lincoln’s JumpStart Challenge returns on March 2

By SPN Team / February 27, 2019

JumpStart Challenge is back. For the fifth time in recent years, a major Lincoln corporation will reverse-pitch a business problem to entrepreneurs. The challenge starts with a kickoff event on March 2nd. On March 14, teams will pitch their solutions to a group of judges. “The JumpStart Challenge is about innovation and creating opportunities for…

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Lincoln’s gWorks acquires Omaha-based Data Technologies, Inc

By SPN Team / February 25, 2019

Watching a local government official struggle with paper maps and deeds in 1999 illustrated a pain point that led to the founding of Lincoln’s gWorks (formerly GIS Workshop). Now gWorks has acquired Omaha-based Data Technologies, Inc. The result is a company that will operate under the gWorks brand and provide a comprehensive suite of software…

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Alex Kuklinski takes over as new NMotion Director

By SPN Team / February 8, 2019

After completing what NMotion reps say was a competitive, nationwide search for a new leader for the Lincoln startup accelerator, Alex Kuklinski has been named the new Director. NMotion and gener8tor recently announced a partnership to provide expanded resources and network to NMotion’s 2019 accelerator programs and announced a search for a new, full-time director…

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