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What the First Hemp Growing Season Will Mean for Agtech

By Tom McCauley / December 20, 2019

This is a guest post by Kate Casas. The legislation surrounding the manufacture and sale of hemp products was once a complicated issue. Now, at least, there’s some clarity around it. The passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 removed hemp from the list of federally controlled substances, a prospect that has farmers nationwide…

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Where are all the successful entrepreneurs?

By SPN Team / March 26, 2015

The problem I keep running into is most people are in my boat.They are all startup. They are learning, making mistakes, tweaking their business and figuring it out as they go. But where are all the people that made it? Where are all the startups from before being a startup was a thing?

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Building the Silicon Prairie: Where we go from here

By SPN Team / March 12, 2015

“As one of the few seed venture capital firms in the Silicon Prairie, Dundee Venture Capital has been lucky enough to see first-hand some of the incredible changes happening here the last several years, and to invest in many of the companies driving those changes. We are witnessing an era where the next Fortune 500s that will anchor our cities for decades to come are being built right in front of us.”

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David Arnold on the Omaha Model for accelerators

By David Arnold / March 4, 2015

Top tier accelerators like Techstars and YCombinator have built brands based on high-quality results that have generated interest from startups and investors without the need for significant outreach or effort. Due to their success the nation has seen similar programs pop up in each state, and we’re now experiencing increased segmentation between those in rare air and everyone else who’s left competing for the startups who don’t get accepted to the premier programs.

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#BangTheDrum with Bulu Box Founder Paul Jarrett

By SPN Team / February 26, 2015

If you’ve been following me on social media in the past 2 years (probably because I inappropriately “friended” you) you have probably heard me talking about “The Bulu Crew” and what we’re doing at Bulu Box amidst the various ramblings of a highly-over-caffeinated entrepreneur. Thanks to my social marketing networking skills I’ve caught myself beating the drum about a range of topics here in the Silicon Prairie.

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Our productive time is capped, so let’s get better at saying “No” more often

By SPN Newsroom / November 20, 2014

(Guest post by Matthew Paulson) I simply tried to do too many things at once. I thought I was helping people by saying “Yes” to everybody, but I was really doing them a disservice because I wasn’t doing anything well. I was doing a lot of things poorly. I had no margin in my life and areas of my life that should be important were taking a backseat to less important things.

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Checking the pulse of the Midwest’s entrepreneurial future

By SPN Newsroom / November 18, 2014

(Guest post by Robert Hatta) It’s 11:30 p.m. on a Friday and 1,200 computer science and engineering students surround me. They have come from across the country to the University of Michigan’s north campus to participate in MHacks, a career fair mashed up with a weekend-long tech orgy where sleep-deprived geeks try to build the next big app. On stage is a senior engineer from a big tech company, offering a $500 AR drone, $1000 cash and (presumably) a job to each member of the team that wins their sponsored challenge.

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Interface Web School bucking trend for women in tech with fall enrollment

By SPN Newsroom / November 12, 2014

( Guest post by Shonna Dorsey) OMAHA—On a national level, women enroll in college at a rate of 68 percent versus 63 percent of men, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

However, women only make up 26 percent of the U.S. tech workforce. Plenty of attention has been given to this topic with various groups around country shedding light and inciting change including Black Girls Code, National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) among others. Even Miss USA is leading a charge to inspire girls and young women to learn to code.

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