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Free three-day virtual summit to be held by gener8tor

By SPN Newsroom / March 26, 2021

The 2021 gener8tor CommUNITY Growth Summit will be held virtually from March 30 to April 1 and features keynote speakers, fireside chats and panel discussions involving representatives from startups, the arts and workforce development. The event will be hosted by gener8tor, a Silicon Prairie-based entrepreneurship cultivation platform that includes startup accelerators, corporate programming and conferences. …

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GiftAMeal continues to expand reach of hunger-fighting app with new chain restaurant partnership

By Tom McCauley / March 3, 2021

GiftAMeal, a mobile app that helps people discover new restaurants and provide meals to the food-insecure, announced today that it has teamed up with Lion’s Choice, a St. Louis-based regional chain (with locations throughout Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas City) that has been serving roast beef sandwiches since 1967. Beginning today, Lion’s Choice customers are eligible…

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Venture Café St. Louis announces first expert-in-residence for new EdHub program

By SPN Newsroom / February 26, 2021

Venture Café St. Louis, a nonprofit organization connecting aspiring entrepreneurs and founders, recently launched an expert-in-residence program to support individuals and teams building early-stage startups and education programs that address educational inequity and other systemic challenges. Part of the organization’s EdHub initiative, the expert-in-residence program will feature Dr. Marcus Howard as its first expert. Howard…

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InsideOutside.io to host free virtual fireside chat tomorrow

By SPN Newsroom / February 17, 2021

Thursday at 10 a.m., Brian Ardinger of the InsideOutside.io podcast will host a virtual fireside chat with Stefano Mastrogiacomo, co-author of the book, “High-Impact Tools for Teams: 5 Tools to Align Team Members, Build Trust, and Get Results Fast.” The event is free and will feature a Q&A session. Mastrogiacomo is a management consultant, professor…

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NMotion Lunch and Learns dish up tips for aspiring founders

By SPN Newsroom / February 12, 2021

Looking to learn about market competition and financial growth milestones? Lincoln-based NMotion Accelerator is holding a series of virtual informational sessions to help aspiring founders demystify the process of launching a start-up. The events, held weekly on Tuesdays, are free and open to the public. Much of the material covered is what NMotion’s leaders share and…

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Retail Aware shows no signs of slowing growth despite pandemic

By Tom McCauley / January 29, 2021

Keith Fix, co-founder and CEO of Retail Aware, learned to code during a brief stay with his mother at a homeless shelter.  The 10-year-old aspiring entrepreneur’s parents had recently separated, and young Fix needed money for clothes and the after school programs he wanted to attend. A family friend needed a website built. Fix convinced…

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A look at Nebraska’s investment landscape

By SPN Newsroom / January 22, 2021

Talk to tech entrepreneurs in Nebraska, and they’re likely to laud the region’s innovative spirit. Next-level startups like Flywheel, Buildertrend, Lunavi, Hudl and more have grown an international presence and put the Cornhusker state on the map.  Even a cornerstone enterprise like Lincoln-based Nelnet has implemented its own innovation division. Conferences like the IO Summit,…

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Homegrown medtech company Centese develops game-changing device for surgery patients

By SPN Newsroom / January 19, 2021

A new Omaha-based medtech company has developed a self-cleaning chest tube system that provides more precise measurements for monitoring patients recovering from surgery on their heart or lungs.  Startup Centese developed the device, called Thoraguard. Through a novel self-irrigating mechanism, Thoraguard eliminates one of the main hazards of analog chest tubes: the need for medical…

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