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In midst of COVID-19, St. Louis-based GiftAMeal supports hungry people, restaurants

By SPN Newsroom / March 25, 2020

Andrew Glantz embodies the spirit of altruistic entrepreneurship. As a teen, Glantz served for 4 years as VP of the Southern California children’s charity Jr. Variety, planning fundraisers that obtained over $400,000 for various children’s causes. In college, he co-owned a nonprofit storefront promoting reuse and sustainability. And in October 2015, while still a junior…

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Infotec 2020 Moves to Kaneko

By SPN Newsroom / February 7, 2020

Early-bird registration for Infotec 2020 is now open! Powered by the AIM Institute, Infotec is the Silicon Prairie’s premier annual business tech community gathering. Infotec 2020 will take place November 13 at Kaneko—a public, nonprofit, interdisciplinary cultural organization founded with the mission of exploring creativity across the spectrum of human activity, including art, science, technology…

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SPN’s Year-End Top Ten

By Tom McCauley / December 26, 2019

2019 was a momentous year. The Washington Nationals won the World Series. Lizzo headlined her first music festival ever in Omaha, Nebraska. The president was impeached. And Silicon Prairie News continued to bring you the latest news on Midwest startups, tech and entrepreneurial culture. Here are 10 of our favorite articles from the past 12…

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Interview with an Entrepreneur: Karen Linder

By Tom Chapman / November 14, 2019

I have known Karen Linder for many years, and she is an incredible entrepreneur.  Many people do not realize that she has been growing a 3D printing company in Nebraska, called Tethon 3D, for the better part of this decade.  The company is one of the leading suppliers of porcelain and hard to produce ceramic…

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Tech Crawl at Turbine Flats Caps Off Lincoln Start-Up Week

By Tom McCauley / October 28, 2019

On Thursday, Turbine Flats hosted a Tech Crawl as part of Lincoln Start-Up Week. About 60 attendees over the course of two hours indulged in free beer and snacks as they toured information booths staffed by local startups and tech organizations. Participating organizations included the AIM Institute, Expansive Media, Tech Expander, the Commonwealth Podcast, Dashr…

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Iowa State Fair hosts Iowa State University pitch competition

By Justin Krug / September 4, 2019

More than 200 Iowa State University student and alumni entrepreneurs representing 168 business ventures gathered to pitch their products and services as part of Iowa State University’s exhibit in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair. The event took place from August 8-18. Each pitch contestant competed for $1,000 to $5000 awards in the “Great Iowa State University STANDING innOVATION…

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Frontdesk Closes Bridge Round

By Tom Chapman / August 28, 2019

Frontdesk, a Milwaukee startup, helps corporate travelers book travel online.  The goal is to become Airbnb for business travelers seeking a place to stay akin to corporate housing.  The company states on its website: “We offer securely managed short-term stays at the best apartments in the best cities.” The company was founded in 2018 and…

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Accelerated Ag Technologies, aka PowerPollen, Receives Additional Funding

By Tom Chapman / August 27, 2019

On the 21st of August, Accelerated Ag Technologies, the parent to PowerPollen, filed paperwork with the SEC that it had received debt financing of more than $600k.  As you may recall, SPN profiled PowerPollen in early 2018, (http://siliconprairienews.com/2018/01/powerpollen-boosts-yields-cuts-costs-growers/). The company has created a new mechanism to harvest pollen and improve the creation of new seed. …

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