Wichita and Kansas


BuddyBrands on the cutting edge of pet science

By SPN Team / April 24, 2019

Wichita-based BuddyBrands started by building better beds to help canines get their sleep.  The company has expanded its offerings to include so much more. The BuddyRest story begins seven years ago when company Co-founder, Trevor Crotts’ labradoodle, Buddy, visited the vet. Crotts happened to be a corporate trainer in the mattress industry at the time,…

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Midwest eSports puts the “sport” in video gaming

By SPN Team / April 23, 2019

Video gaming has always been a fiercely competitive pastime. Those who are old enough surely remember hunkering down into a game after school and bickering with their siblings over the Atari joystick for a crack at Pitfall! or Frogger. (For those who are too young to have relished in the joy of the successful virtual…

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Alyss’ insights helping companies land the best talent

By SPN Team / April 3, 2019

Alyss is innovating in hiring. When Alyss competed for and won the $120K grand prize at the Inside/Outside Innovation Summit in Lincoln, Nebraska last year, company Founder and CEO Mike Mathia was determined to realize his vision of helping job applicants stand out and demonstrate their qualifications beyond a simple resume. Less than one year…

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8QS With a Silicon Prairie Founder: Maggie Schoonover

By SPN Team / March 26, 2019

  Maggie Schoonover calls herself “an introverted science nerd.”  We call her an inspiring Silicon Prairie Founder, and we’re pleased she chose to share her co-founding story with SPN and our readers.  Here’s what she had to say…. My educational background is heavily focused in the sciences – I earned a B.S. in Meteorology from…

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Lawn Buddy revolutionizing lawncare

By SPN Team / March 11, 2019

Sometimes the grass is greener, and other times, it’s overgrown. Wichita-based Lawn Buddy can help with the latter. Steven Werner grew up on a small ranch in Wyoming, enlisted in the Marine Corp as a junior in high school, toured in Afghanistan, and found his way back to Wyoming in 2013. Throughout his military career,…

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Nitride Solutions – producing material in Wichita for the world

By SPN Team / February 28, 2019

Wichita-based Nitride Solutions is a manufacturer of materials used in electronics.  Sounds simple, but it’s much more complex. Founder Jeremy Jones explained that Nitride Solutions essentially grows crystals, in specially designed reactors at very high temperatures (4000 °F) to produce a material called aluminum nitride.  The resulting material is used for applications in electronics, refrigeration,…

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SPN Community Survey: Wichita survey report

By SPN Team / February 22, 2019

The Wichita community answered the call and completed more SPN community surveys than any other city. We think that is fantastic and to show our gratitude we wanted to share the love. The following report is the compilation and tidbits of information that the citizens of Wichita were so gracious to share about their ecosystem.…

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Rural Kansas company raises $6.5 million in venture funding

By SPN Team / February 12, 2019

Green Dot Bioplastics closed a $6.5 million Series A financing deal led by Fulcrum Global Capital on February 7, with participation from iiM (Innovations in Motion) and Open Prairie Ventures through its Open Prairie Rural Opportunities Fund. The company will use the investment to accelerate organic growth, develop and commercialize new bioplastics products and uses,…

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