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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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Quantified Ag’s LED tags light up to identify sick cattle

By Rod Armstrong / August 4, 2016

An agriculture career was the furthest thing from Vishal Singh’s mind growing up in Pleasanton, Nebraska. “My idea of ag was a lot of manual labor, and it didn’t look like fun,” said Singh, Founder and CEO of Quantified Ag. So what changed? “I took a job at UNL in a department that was working…

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Grasshorse Studios finds its groove with character animation and local talent

By SPN Team / August 28, 2015

Grasshorse Studios founder and director Steve Jennings said carving out a niche in the field of character animation is driving the Winfield-based company forward as it draws artistic talent from Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa. The Great Recession and September 2009 freeze on Iowa’s film tax-credit program helped Grasshorse Studios to refocus its…

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ClaimKit raises $560K round, with $360K from Mid-America Angels

By SPN Team / August 26, 2014

A document management startup that helps surety claim professionals collect information for and manage investigations just received a dose of certainty. ClaimKit, led by co-founder and CEO Chris Cheatham, just closed $360,000 in syndicated investment from Mid-America Angels—with participation from Women’s Capital Connection—and $200,000 from SeedStep Angels in Oklahoma.

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