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First fundings research report

By Tom Chapman / August 2, 2019

In talking to Jessica Straus, Dundee Venture Capital’s new Venture Partner, it occurred to me that we should write an update on first fundings in what Straus called the “mighty middle”. This paper describes first fundings.  First fundings are a recordation of companies that raise capital for the first time.  This paper uses Pitchbook data…

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Your guide to the Heartland’s 1 Million Cups events

By Razia Aziz-Seible / June 17, 2019

1 Million Cups was developed in Kansas City, MO in 2012 by Co-Founders Cameron Cushman and Nate Olson who were working at the time on the Entrepreneurship Team at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  What began as an experiment to bring entrepreneurs in one city together over a cup of coffee towards a goal of…

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Medical device start-up Simergent completes seed round

By SPN Team / May 17, 2019

Launched through the Chicago-based health-tech incubator Matter, medical device start-up, Simergent, LLC, recently closed a $2.835M round of seed funding on April 18. Led by Oklahoma-based i2E, Inc. with an investment of $1.475 million, the round also included contributions from the Oklahoma Seed Capital Fund for $750,000, the Oklahoma Angel Fund for $500,000 and the…

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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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8QS With a Silicon Prairie Founder: Maggie Schoonover

By SPN Team / March 26, 2019

  Maggie Schoonover calls herself “an introverted science nerd.”  We call her an inspiring Silicon Prairie Founder, and we’re pleased she chose to share her co-founding story with SPN and our readers.  Here’s what she had to say…. My educational background is heavily focused in the sciences – I earned a B.S. in Meteorology from…

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Why recruitment alone is a weak talent strategy

By SPN Team / December 14, 2018

Richard Florida authored a piece entitled “America’s Looming Creativity Crisis” in the Harvard Business Review (https://miscsf.typepad.com/miscblog/files/CreativityCrisis.pdf) published In October 2004.  He presciently identified a challenge that was facing and continues to face the United States – the inability to find the “creative class”. In the article, Florida writes, “Today, virtually the entire public dialogue about…

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New companies and an accelerator are tackling transportation and logistics in the Silicon Prairie

By SPN Team / December 10, 2018

Virtually every community in the Silicon Prairie advertises that it is in the middle of the country, and thus it is a good location for transportation, logistics, and warehousing.  It should come as no surprise then, that many regional communities have a significant employment level in transportation and warehousing. According to the United States Cluster…

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Kauffman provides a grant to the Startup Champions Network

By SPN Team / November 6, 2018

The Startup Champions Network, a national organization of entrepreneurial ecosystem builders with a strong Silicon Prairie presence, announced on October 29 that it received a planning grant from the Kansas City, Missouri-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. An entrepreneurial ecosystem builder is a person who helps facilitate the multi-faceted creation and improvement of the components of…

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SPN Top 10: Things you should know about OKC’s startup ecosystem

By SPN Team / October 26, 2018

Oklahoma City’s ecosystem had a rough week from the outside looking in. Silicon Prairie News ran a story where the community underperformed its expected venture investment. The Brookings Institute and Walton Family Foundation produced an article suggesting that the community was having waning investment. But frankly, this is pretty misleading. OKC is going through a…

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