UNeTech Institute wins EDA’s $300,000 prize for innovation, tech-based development

By SPN Newsroom / October 25, 2022

The UNeTech Institute—an entrepreneurial support organization and startup incubator affiliated with the University of Nebraska Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center—has won the 2022 Economic Development Agency’s Build to Scale Competition. UNeTech joins recipients from across the country, part of a $47 million investment to fuel innovation and tech-based development. The $300,000 award,…

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2022 AIM Tech Awards to honor community leaders in technology

By SPN Newsroom / October 21, 2022

The 2022 AIM Tech Awards ceremony, presented by Cox Business, will once again honor the changemakers and visionaries of the Silicon Prairie with an awards show and dinner at Founders One | Nine, located at 1915 Jackson St. in downtown Omaha, on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m.  Awards will be presented to winners in…

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Beyond slacktivism: Samaritan and the rise of app-tivism

By Tom McCauley / August 31, 2022

“Walk with, not by.” So goes motto for Samaritan, a mobile app that helps users fight homelessness through direct, case-managed giving. It’s a slogan that rejects slacktivism for what could be called “app-tivism”—the use of consumer apps to generate meaningful social action. More than just sharing news of a cause or signaling one’s ethos with…

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Nebraska startup announces $5 million pre-seed funding round

By SPN Newsroom / August 29, 2022

Bluestem Biosciences, a renewable chemicals company maximizing agriculture and energy infrastructure through synthetic biology, announced today a pre-seed financing round of $5 million. Zero Infinity Partners led the round, including participation from Matt Vining, CEO of Navigator CO2 Ventures; Invest Nebraska; angel investor Robert Sali and Bluestem Co-Founder & CEO Billy Hagstrom.  Founded in January…

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Callers to Coders, led by AIM Institute, upskills Physicians Mutual employees with tech training

By SPN Newsroom / August 3, 2022

The Callers to Coders program, part of the nonprofit AIM Institute’s partnership with Physicians Mutual, is currently introducing six employees to training in core data management. Physicians Mutual is eager to amplify the success and impacts of last year’s Callers to Coders initiative by again utilizing AIM’s Custom Training program. The 2022 cohort, which launched…

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Omaha-based Medical Solutions uses tech to connect health personnel to jobs

By SPN Newsroom / June 29, 2022

A leading provider of total workforce solutions serving the healthcare industry, Medical Solutions  connects nurses, allied health, and non-clinical professionals to hospitals and health systems across the country. The company is headquartered in Omaha with seven locations nationwide and is one of the largest in its industry and rapidly growing.  Expanding their workforce is a…

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Cox Business rolls out new IoT platform to help hospitals perform better

By SPN Newsroom / June 2, 2022

In 1993, when Cox first began offering commercial services, the primary focus was providing business class internet, voice, and video solutions to its customers. But as technology needs evolved over time, so have the companies that provide those business-critical services. Gone are the days of Cox being just a cable and internet company, says Denise…

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UNeTech-incubated startup Impower Health receives patent for new self-paced treadmill

By Jonathan Gerhardson / March 25, 2022

The exercise equipment startup Impower Health Inc. has announced the granting of a new U.S. patent (No. 11,185,740) for a treadmill that adapts to the users own running pace automatically. The invention was initially developed as a potential therapeutic device to help stroke patients by three students at the University of Nebraska Omaha, William Denton, Molly Schieber,…

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