Wichita and Kansas


Why Silicon Prairie News is making noise about acquisitions

By SPN Team / November 8, 2018

The Silicon Prairie startup ecosystem needs to do a better job of promoting itself and acknowledging success when it happens. Silicon Prairie News exists to be a voice that promotes startups and makes people aware of exciting news. Over the last decade, we have missed more stories than we have covered. But we’re not alone…

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Why Silicon Prairie communities need to be thinking about where they should be, not just where others are

By SPN Team / October 23, 2018

In doing the research for the Silicon Prairie Annual Report, slated for a November release, Chapman and Company noticed an interesting trend when comparing venture activity (as identified in Pitchbook) in the Midwest. As can be seen in the below graph (which includes Midwest communities that received venture investment in 2017), the order of investment…

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SPN Top 10: Corporate Innovators that the region should know are here

By SPN Team / October 19, 2018

In doing research for the Annual Report, Silicon Prairie News compiled corporate and university patent holders in each MSA. This led us to the discovery that there were a ton of innovative companies in the Midwest. Unfortunately, many in our region don’t know that these companies are doing so much research and are so innovative.…

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Pipeline: The Midwest’s secret weapon

By SPN Team / October 16, 2018

In 2006, KTEC (Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation) created the Pipeline program and recruited Joni Cobb to organize and run the nascent company. The goal of the organization was to build a sustainable, long-term entrepreneurial training and mentoring network. Entering its 13th year, Pipeline’s success is measurable. The entrepreneurs that have graduated from Pipeline have created…

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Applications for Pipeline Entrepreneurs 2019 Fellowship class open Saturday

By SPN Team / August 31, 2018

Pipeline will open applications for the 2019 Entrepreneurial Fellowship on September 1, 2018. Entrepreneurs interested in the program have until October 22 to submit their application. Pipeline is a top organization of the Midwest’s most successful, high-performance entrepreneurs. The organization boasts over 120 entrepreneurs who employ over 2,300 people in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska and…

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Wichita’s e2e incubator hires Josh Oeding as new CEO

By SPN Team / July 25, 2018

Wichita’s e2e Accelerator recently announced the hiring of Josh Oeding as its new CEO. e2e, which stands for “entrepreneur-to-entrepreneur,” is a community-driven organization that incubates, accelerates and invests in growth-oriented companies with the overall mission to accelerate the Wichita area entrepreneurial ecosystem. “There’s been a lot of progress in building the entrepreneurial ecosystem over the past…

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Alyss wins $120K pitch competition, brings A.I. to HR departments

By Christine McGuigan / June 13, 2018

Last month’s Inside/Outside Innovation Summit in Lincoln encouraged collisions, collaborations, and discussions between startups, corporations and communities. It was also a chance for one startup to win $120,000 from Nelnet, Allo Communications, Spreetail, Assurity, and Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development in the Startup Investment Pitch Competition. Taylor Stevenson’s winning pitch for Wichita-based Alyss Analytics took…

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Lincoln-based SitStay announces acquisition and move to Wichita

By Christine McGuigan / March 21, 2018

Lincoln-based SitStay was one of the first online pet supply retailers when it was founded in 1996. The company maintained its spot in Lincoln’s e-commerce ecosystem for 22 years (154 in dog-years) before announcing the next phase of the company’s journey. SitStay was acquired by pet product manufacturer Buddy Brands earlier this month. SitStay is…

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Pipeline celebrates Entrepreneurial Expression at the 11th annual Innovators gala

By SPN Team / January 26, 2018

Over 600 people gathered on Thursday at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City to celebrate the 11th annual Pipeline Innovators Awards with this year’s fellows, award winners and startup community champions. Friends and family from across the country came together for the annual event that highlights the accomplishments of Pipeline Entrepreneurs, the region’s most successful…

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