Invest Nebraska chosen as finalist in EDA’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge

By SPN Newsroom / December 15, 2021

Invest Nebraska, in partnership with several community partners that collectively make up the Heartland Robotics Cluster Coalition, was named by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) as a finalist in the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge, beating out nearly 500 applicants from 50 states and five U.S. territories. The Heartland Robotics Cluster Coalition will…

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Arch Grants Awards $400,000 to four portfolio companies in fall growth grants cycle

By SPN Newsroom / December 14, 2021

St. Louis-based nonprofit Arch Grants has officially awarded $400,000 in non-dilutive grants to four of its portfolio companies through its Growth Grants program, according to a press release issued yesterday. The list of companies includes Big Heart Tea Co., Native Pet, Rebundle and Swipesum. Earlier this spring, Arch Grants awarded $200,000 to two additional portfolio…

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Omaha’s Retail Aware partners with Chicago’s Home Chef to deploy network of sensors to better measure consumer behavior

By Jonathan Gerhardson / December 6, 2021

Omaha ad-tech company Retail Aware has announced a new venture in partnership with Home Chef—the Chicago-based meal kit and food delivery business—to deploy its network of sensor devices in up to 2,000 Kroger stores nationwide.  The move should allow Kroger – which owns the Home Chef brand – more granular control over its in-store shopper…

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Iowa Technology Summit call for speakers now open  

By SPN Newsroom / November 24, 2021

The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) announced yesterday that speaker applications for the 2022 Iowa Technology Summit are now open. The summit will be held on April 11-12, 2022, at the Iowa Community Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Applications to speak are now being accepted for the Iowa Technology Summit at…

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UNeTech, Bio Nebraska grant will support women in STEM

By SPN Newsroom / October 29, 2021

In a move that will support more women launching tech ventures in the state, Bio Nebraska and the UNeTech Institute have received a $250,000 grant to enable the launch of Opportunity Corps, a program designed to support women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as they explore the viability of launching tech ventures. The…

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UNeTech Institute receives $150,000 prize from the Small Business Administration

By SPN Newsroom / September 28, 2021

The UNeTech Institute — a startup incubator affiliated with the University of Nebraska Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center — will receive $150,000 from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to fund the creation of a collaborative partnership of entrepreneurial support organizations aimed at supporting innovation-focused entrepreneurs from underserved communities, according to a press release issued…

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With support of local business and tech leaders, new website aims to encourage interest and participation in STEM

By SPN Newsroom / August 3, 2021

To help remove barriers to tech education, address the ongoing shortage of tech workers in the Silicon Prairie, and spark interest in science, technology, engineering and math careers, the Omaha STEM Ecosystem and the AIM Institute have launched the online STEM Community Platform, presented by Cox.  The STEM Community Platform, located at, connects youth,…

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