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Paul Singh visits Lincoln’s startup week, offers advice to startups and entrepreneurs

By SPN Team / October 25, 2018

Lincoln Startup Week is taking place this week in Lincoln, Nebraska, including visits and contributions from Paul Singh of Results Junkies. Singh has made over 2000 investments and is a nationally recognized speaker on investing, early-stage companies, and entrepreneurial ecosystems. Singh’s basic approach is to travel around the country and speak in places that are…

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Why Silicon Prairie communities need to be thinking about where they should be, not just where others are

By SPN Team / October 23, 2018

In doing the research for the Silicon Prairie Annual Report, slated for a November release, Chapman and Company noticed an interesting trend when comparing venture activity (as identified in Pitchbook) in the Midwest. As can be seen in the below graph (which includes Midwest communities that received venture investment in 2017), the order of investment…

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Whiteboard Technologies raises $2.5 million

By SPN Team / October 4, 2018

Whiteboard Technologies recently announced that it has completed a raise of $2.5 million, led by i2e, an Oklahoma based venture entity. Whiteboard Technologies, creator of Whiteboard Mortgage CRM, provides customer relationship management (CRM) software for mortgage professionals – with a focus on keeping everyone in the loop during the mortgage underwriting process. The company has…

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nbkc announces first class of Fountain City Fintech accelerator

By Christine McGuigan / October 4, 2018

Kansas City-based nbkc bank announced last week the six companies that comprise the first class of their fintech accelerator program Fountain City Fintech. Fountain City Fintech is the first accelerator program run by a community bank that specifically focuses on partnerships with innovative startups looking to solve real-world problems and pain points. For example, addressing…

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Alyss wins $120K pitch competition, brings A.I. to HR departments

By Christine McGuigan / June 13, 2018

Last month’s Inside/Outside Innovation Summit in Lincoln encouraged collisions, collaborations, and discussions between startups, corporations and communities. It was also a chance for one startup to win $120,000 from Nelnet, Allo Communications, Spreetail, Assurity, and Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development in the Startup Investment Pitch Competition. Taylor Stevenson’s winning pitch for Wichita-based Alyss Analytics took…

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Paul Singh’s 2018 Tech Tour kicks off at the Stillwater Entrepreneurship Unconference

By Justin Hazzard / March 30, 2018

Stillwater, Oklahoma kicked off the 2018 North American Tech Tour with the Entrepreneurship Unconference, a 3-day event for entrepreneurs, innovators and investors. The Stillwater Entrepreneurship Unconference was the launching point of the 2018 North American Tech Tour, a program of D.C.-based angel investor, Paul Singh and the Results Junkies. Session topics included angel investing, strategies…

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vGolf is the first mixed reality golf simulator

By SPN Team / August 31, 2017

Tom Kudirka, founder of Omaha-based vGolf, is building on his experience from the video game world to release the world’s first mixed reality golf simulator. The simulator allows the user to virtually play a real world golf course by wearing a pair of augmented reality glasses and hitting a ball into a net or onto a…

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Meet the 5 startups pitching at MDMC and changing digital marketing

By SPN Team / April 6, 2017

The Midwest Digital Marketing Conference returns to St. Louis this year with a startup pitch competition awarding a $5,000 cash prize sponsored by Purina and UMSL Accelerate. Nick Szabo, Chief Operating Officer of Swizzle, designed this competition to be different than all the ones he competed in over the years. Only five companies are pitching…

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QA with Nebraska Angels’ Laura Classen on EyeVerify’s recent acquisition

By SPN Team / September 19, 2016

Kansas City based EyeVerify announced last week their acquisition by Alibaba subsidiary Ant Financial. Anonymous sources say the deal was over $100 million. Nebraska Angels was one of the first investments in the company. Laura Classen is the Executive Director for Nebraska Angels. SPN caught up with Classen over the phone. SPN: It may surprise some people…

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