Siouxland and the Dakotas


Follow-up report: State Expected Venture Values in the Midwest

By SPN Team / October 26, 2018

Following the publication of our article on Tuesday regarding expected values in cities, Silicon Prairie News received multiple requests for more information.  There were three primary questions regarding the data. The first question is where and how did you get this information. Silicon Prairie News and its partner organizations use Pitchbook and to identify…

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DeliveRecon knowledge share app helps keep fleets informed and efficient

By Rod Armstrong / October 12, 2018

Truck drivers sometimes encounter unexpected challenges that hinder their efficiency or put them behind schedule. For example, a security code at an entry gate for a delivery may have been changed without notice. Plattsmouth, Nebraska startup DeliveRecon has created an app and driver knowledge base that allows drivers to communicate issues like this to each…

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Silicon Prairie students make investment decisions

By SPN Newsroom / October 2, 2018

Dr. Dale Eesley is seeing his vision of a student-led investment fund become a reality as students learn the ropes of venture capital investing.  Dr. Eesley, Director of the Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Franchising at the University of Nebraska – Omaha (UNO), had heard about student-led venture firms for years.  Dr. Eesley had not really…

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Fintech Company AlphaBTC expands bitcoin kiosk network in Midwest

By SPN Newsroom / September 11, 2018

AlphaBTC has been providing client services for five years and has experienced some exciting growth in the past year. The company, founded in 2013, has been working with Maya to bring five of Maya’s 50 self-service payment kiosks to Omaha. Maya is a social initiative technology company that provides financial services infrastructure for underserved communities…

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Fargo, ND businesses see over $21M in investments so far in 2018

By SPN Team / August 30, 2018

Fargo, North Dakota might not be the first city that comes to mind when discussing hubs for investments and venture capital. But the modestly sized town of 120,000 has put up some impressive numbers this year with several multi-million dollar deals. Botlink On April 26, 2018, Botlink received $3.36 million in individual funding – marking…

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SPN Top 10: Things that move a startup ecosystem forward

By SPN Team / August 28, 2018

Matt Helt is the Program Director of Techstars Startup Week. Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Through Techstars Startup Week, cities all around the world are able to catalyze their entrepreneurial community by bringing together all the stakeholders involved in the growth of startup ecosystem to organize this five-day event. Helt currently…

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South Dakota’s USD Discovery District announces anchor tenants

By SPN Team / June 21, 2018

Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s USD Discovery District and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development recently announced new anchor tenants to the city’s innovation community. SAB Biotherapeutics and Alumend will join the Discovery District and bring attention to South Dakota’s rapidly emerging biotech industry. “Both SAB Biotherapeutics and Alumend are bio-leaders in South Dakota,” said USD…

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How one e-commerce entrepreneur found success in North Dakota

By Christine McGuigan / June 6, 2018

“Even if you have a successful enterprise, you’re going to have failures within it at times. That’s just a part of it,” says Scott Bintz, a serial entrepreneur from North Dakota. Bintz founded his first e-commerce platform in 1998 with and saw it grow into the largest online retailer of pickup truck accessories. But…

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The Iowan Project recruits tech talent back to their home state

By Christine McGuigan / February 15, 2018

A lot of young professionals dream of leaving their hometowns after graduating high school or college in search of broader career opportunities or new lifestyles. It seems like an inevitable thing, but it’s also a problem for states like Iowa that are losing valuable tech talent to other ecosystems. But what if Iowa could identify…

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