Weekly Newsletter

  • Newsletter, June 12: Pipeline Entrepreneurs

    Newsletter, June 12: Pipeline Entrepreneurs

    Pipeline Entrepreneurs is a Kauffman Foundation program designed to support high-growth entrepreneurs in the Midwest, specifically Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Despite the Kauffman Foundation’s new strategic plan to refocus its commitments to drive more impact in the KC community, Pipeline’s Executive Director Melissa Vincent says the Pipeline Entrepreneurs program plans to target their efforts in…

  • Newsletter, June 5: BFF Omaha

    Newsletter, June 5: BFF Omaha

    Benson First Friday started in June 2012 as a DIY grassroots art walk produced by a pair of bartenders/artist in the Benson neighborhood in Omaha. Now officially BFF Omaha, the nonprofit is focused on fostering community engagement through art. The nonprofit upstart has come a long way under the leadership of Co-founder and Executive Director…

  • Newsletter, May 29: NMotion Showcase

    Newsletter, May 29: NMotion Showcase

    More than 100 people gathered to celebrate the latest cohort of NMotion founders at Millwork Commons in Omaha last week. Seven companies, including the winner of a recent NMotion pitch competition, presented their startups to the audience. NMotion announced its plan to invest an additional $3M in 30 more companies through 2026. The event also…

  • Newsletter, May 22: Omaha GDP

    Newsletter, May 22: Omaha GDP

    In 2022, as the nation emerged from a pandemic, Douglas County’s gross domestic product grew 9.2%—the most of any county with at least 500,000 residents, according to a recent report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The county, home of Omaha, had never previously placed in the top 50 since the agency began recording the…

  • Newsletter, May 15: Inside Outside Innovation Summit

    Newsletter, May 15: Inside Outside Innovation Summit

    The initial schedule for Silicon Prairie Startup Week is now online! The week kicks off Monday, November 11 in Lincoln with the IO2024 Summit, NMotion Showcase and Startup Week Opening Party—all happening at the Rococo Theatre. Events continue throughout the week in Lincoln, Ashland, Omaha and Council Bluffs. A special thank you to Silicon Prairie…

  • Newsletter, May 8: Family Room App

    Newsletter, May 8: Family Room App

    The creators of the Family Room app call it a “nurse in your pocket.” The app helps translate medical jargon during a hospitalization—an already stressful experience—so that patients and their families can quickly make better-informed decisions about care. Created by Breanna Hetland, PhD, RN, CCRN of UNMC, and Greg Nelson, it’s a mobile platform to…

  • Newsletter, May 1: Google Career Certificates

    Newsletter, May 1: Google Career Certificates

    Thanks to everyone who came out to the Kearney Mixer and 10 Hour Challenge last week! We met dozens of new faces and connected with some familiar folks, as well. You can check out the Silicon Prairie News Facebook page to see photos from the weekend. Nebraskans will be able to earn Google Career Certificates…

  • Newsletter, April 24: 10 Hour Challenge in Kearney

    Newsletter, April 24: 10 Hour Challenge in Kearney

    The SPN team is headed to Kearney to host events this Friday and Saturday! Join us for the SPN Mixer at Thunderhead Brewing Company for happy hour on Friday. Then find your next business bestie, cofounder or collaborator at the 10 Hour Challenge at UNK on Saturday. All are welcome and there is no cost…

  • Newsletter, April 17: Cultivating an oasis in the desert

    Newsletter, April 17: Cultivating an oasis in the desert

    No More Empty Pots recently opened the Micro Market, a small organic grocery store at the Highlander Accelerator in North Omaha. The nonprofit hopes to further its efforts to combat food insecurity and promote sustainability in the heart of Omaha with Fresh Fridays at the Micro Market, starting this month. Read more about the Micro…

  • Newsletter, April 10: A new kind of networking is coming to Millwork Commons

    Newsletter, April 10: A new kind of networking is coming to Millwork Commons

    Google Fiber is opening its first Nebraska office in Omaha’s Millwork Commons neighborhood with construction expected to start this spring. This is on the heels of Google investing $1.2B in Nebraska infrastructure in 2023 alone. Read more about Google expanding its footprint in the state in the story on SPN. You’re invited! The SPN team…