Weekly Newsletter

  • 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…

  • Newsletter, April 3: No barriers to entry

    Newsletter, April 3: No barriers to entry

    The SPN team is growing! This week we feature our first story from SPN Reporting Intern Roselyn Gonzalez. She wrote about Nebraska Founded, a new community of founders coming together to support one another through the day-to-day challenges of running a startup. The group provides resources and connection opportunities for those who are starting up…

  • Newsletter, March 27: FDA authorizes Virtual Incision’s mini surgical robot

    Newsletter, March 27: FDA authorizes Virtual Incision’s mini surgical robot

    Virtual Incision, a Nebraska-based company founded by professors Shane Farritor and Dmitry Oleynikov, has achieved FDA authorization for MIRA, the world’s first Miniaturized Robotic-Assisted Surgery system, designed for colectomy procedures. This week new SPN contributor Skylar Lathrop wrote about the recent FDA milestone and the potential MIRA presents for the future of minimally invasive surgery,…

  • Newsletter, March 20: Nebraska medical device startup closes $1.6M in seed funding

    Newsletter, March 20: Nebraska medical device startup closes $1.6M in seed funding

    University Medical Devices raised $1.6M to bring its first product, MicroWash, to market. MicroWash provides a more comfortable alternative to nasal swabs in the process of collecting specimens to diagnose upper respiratory infections. Learn more about UMD’s innovative medical device and seed funding round in the story on SPN. It’s been almost exactly one year…

  • Going commercial and a new CEO at Appsky

    Going commercial and a new CEO at Appsky

    Alright friends. We’re coming up on the one year mark since relaunching SPN and it’s time for a vibe check! Take 30 seconds to fill out this two-question reader feedback survey to help SPN improve as we head into our second year under the Nebraska Journalism Trust. This week on SPN we introduce VisionSync, a…

  • A regional celebration of the entrepreneurial community

    A regional celebration of the entrepreneurial community

    Have you heard the news⁉️ SPN is partnering with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development to launch the first-ever Silicon Prairie Startup Week, kicking off November 11, 2024. This will be a six-day celebration of the entrepreneurial community in Nebraska. And a chance for intentional connection with founders, investors,…