PK acquires Nuvem Consulting in bid to expand Salesforce practice

By SPN Newsroom / November 25, 2020

Like a lot of entrepreneurs, Matt Dillon comes from a family of founders. Also, like a lot of entrepreneurs, he has a wide range of interests. In college, he majored in sports management, information systems, marketing, business and economics.  Possibly the only thing he didn’t study was acting. (That’s a different Matt Dillon.)  After starting…

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Companies find ways to fight hunger using technology in the Midwest

By SPN Newsroom / November 17, 2020

As food insecurity rates have nearly doubled in Nebraska since March, local food banks and community nonprofits have expanded their tech resources, and a new field of innovation is emerging to serve their needs.   Since the onset of COVID-19 restrictions began in March, Nebraska’s yearly unemployment rate has risen from 3.1 to 5.2 percent, bringing…

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Union Pacific strengthens tech workforce with internships for first-generation college students

By SPN Newsroom / November 5, 2020

Omaha-based Fortune 500 company Union Pacific recently gave two young Omahans a unique behind-the-scenes look at the world of tech. This summer, after participating in a coding education program during their senior year of high school, Omaha South alums Suraj Poudel and Evelyn Espinoza Macias began working paid tech internships at the 158-year-old enterprise. The…

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After selling Omaha startup Median, co-founders set aim on their next idea

By SPN Newsroom / November 3, 2020

Two Omaha entrepreneurs are celebrating the sale of their first start-up, Median, while looking ahead to the next endeavor.  Derek Homann and Ben Stevinson recently announced that Dallas-based telecommunications company Loup had acquired the co-browsing startup in late October. The sale, for an undisclosed amount, comes more than three years after the duo left their…

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IO2020: the New Innovators’ Summit connects entrepreneurial community (and tickets are free this year)

By SPN Newsroom / October 15, 2020

Great ideas start with curiosity. Bringing those ideas to life is its own challenge.  That’s what longtime entrepreneur Brian Ardinger believes, and that’s why he’s made it his mission to help Nebraska startup founders, business leaders and innovators solve those challenges.  Ardinger is cofounder of, an innovation-focused resource network for startups, entrepreneurs, investors, enterprises,…

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Virtual HDC proves online conference still a great way to learn, connect

By SPN Newsroom / September 25, 2020

Nearly 1,200 people attended the virtual Heartland Developers Conference yesterday hosted by the AIM Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to building the tech talent community. It was the first time in HDC’s 17-year history that the conference had been held online. With 23 breakout sessions running the gamut of tech topics, the conference gave IT professionals…

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