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Wisconsin based Intellivisit continues to expand.  According to recent filings at the SEC, the company raised $692k this month from undisclosed investors. The company was founded in 2014 by Jay Mason, Jeff Miller, and Michael Eaton.  Since its inception, the company has expanded to serve customers in six states including many areas of Wisconsin.  This…

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Wichita based Knoxx filed paperwork this week with the SEC indicating that it had raised another early stage round. The company which provides the Alyss Analytics engine helps companies deliver HR consulting services around a software product that captures and reviews audio and video submissions of potential employees.  The goal is to automate and review…

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Jen Landis, founder of Pincurl Girls gains much fulfillment empowering others, especially adolescent girls who often struggle with poor self-esteem and low confidence.  Even as an accomplished adult, Landis can relate. Her perspective is shaped not only by personal experience, but also by her role as a mother to a ten year-old daughter now entering…

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Last week, Kingland Systems which has offices in Clear Lake and Ames filed paperwork with the SEC that it had received $1 million in angel capital.  September 2019’s $1 million is in addition to the $1.5 million that was raised in 2018. Kingland Systems was founded in 1992 by David Kingland.  The company provides a…

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In 2010, David Hauser, the founder of Grasshopper, joined Jeff Slobotski and Dusty Davidson on the stage at Big Omaha. He introduced the now ubiquitous standing ovation before the talk that made Big Omaha and many other Silicon Prairie experiences special for speakers.  Today, he announced that he has published a new book about his…

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2018 was a terrific year for the Silicon Prairie regarding venture dollars deployed.  More than $6.1B was deployed in the region.  While the number of companies receiving funds was about 8% lower (approximately 1450 companies were venture backed in the region), the amount of funding was up more than 34.5% from 2017 to 2018.  Thus,…

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On Thursday, Kansas City based Replica announced via blog post that it had moved from a product of Sidewalk Labs (in the Model Lab) to a separate company, called Replica.  The company also announced that it had raised $11 million in venture funding. In the blog post, Nick Bowden, Replica’s CEO and co-founder explained how…

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Mental health presents a serious concern for startups. The creativity, focus, discipline and long hours required to launch a business, let alone maintain and grow it, demands superhuman efforts from entrepreneurs and their staff. Add in an unhealthy lionizing of hustle culture, a volatile economy, chronic stress, a crowded marketplace, and the quotidian demands of…

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As some of you may know, I write many articles for Silicon Prairie News and have been a regular part of the Omaha and regional ecosystem for almost two decades.  I know many of the readers of Silicon Prairie News personally.  I appreciate your readership. SPN is a critical way that we connect with the…

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Last week, Twin Cities based 75F announced that the company had raised more than $18 million in a Series A round of financing led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Oil & Gas Climate Initiative.  Building Ventures, Revolution, and Clean Energy Trust participated in the round. The company was founded in 2012 and has been slowly…

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Ames, Iowa based Gross-Wen Technologies (“GWT”) filed paperwork with the SEC on Tuesday that it had raised an additional $1.25 million dollars.  The company which provides revolving algal biofilm system (“RAB”) to cost-effectively recover nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater. GWT primarily serves customers (usually cities) that own wastewater treatment plants, and many…

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WalkWise Helping Seniors Walk…Wisely Last month, on August 21, World Senior Citizen Day was celebrated to not only honor elderly adults but to also raise awareness of issues affecting this growing demographic.  According to the 2019 revision of the UN DESA World Population Prospects, 21.4 % of the world’s population will be 60 years and…

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The 16th annual AIM Heartland Developers Conference drew over 700 attendees to Omaha last week and covered a range of topics relevant to the modern developer in 45 breakout sessions, 3 keynote speeches, multiple hands-on workshops and a panel discussion. Technical presentations on trending topics such as machine learning, data hierarchy and regional cloud automation…

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LaunchLNK is a local program in Lincoln, Nebraska that helps startups find early stage, non-dilutive capital. LaunchLNK, and their partners provide $25,000 as a grant to early stage companies that agree to live and work in Lincoln for a year. This grant was modeled on programs in Buffalo, NY and St. Louis. In some instances,…

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If you are an entrepreneur who is raising money and do not know what a liquidation preference is, allow Ensmarten Saturday to enlighten you. You are not alone. One of my many surprises as a venture capitalist was the number of entrepreneurs that simply do not understand many of the terms on a term sheet.…

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OnLume and Simply Solutions announced last week that they had raised over one million dollars in venture funding. Madison based medical device company, OnLume, filed paperwork with the SEC that they had raised $1.37 million of incremental cash.  On its website, the company describes its technology as, “intuitive and ergonomic solutions for precise fluorescene image-guided…

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Inprentus, a Champaign, Illinois, company filed paperwork with the SEC on Friday that it had completed a raise of more than $1 million.  Inprentus makes blazed diffraction gratings used at synchrotrons and free electron laser facilities.  The company was created in 2012 by University of Illinois faculty member, Peter Abbemonte. Inprentus build diffraction gratings for…

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Winnebago, Minnesota-based AgTech-startup, Aker Technologies (formerly Leading Edge Technologies), announced on August 27th that it has raised equity financing of $2.6M to further develop its crop diagnostics and analytics platform, specifically its TrueCause™ and Aker Pest Network™ services. The company also recently set up offices in Creve Coeur, Missouri, part of Greater St. Louis, to…

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More than 200 Iowa State University student and alumni entrepreneurs representing 168 business ventures gathered to pitch their products and services as part of Iowa State University’s exhibit in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair. The event took place from August 8-18. Each pitch contestant competed for $1,000 to $5000 awards in the “Great Iowa State University STANDING innOVATION…

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Last week, Iowa City based iotaMotion CEO and co-founder, Chris Kaufmann, MD, announced that the company had completed its usability testing and raised $2.52 million in funding to help the company continue building products and managing the regulatory hurdles associated with commercialization. “We’re pleased to have completed this second round of friends-and-family financing with participation…

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The Innova Ag Innovation Fund IV has invested in five of the Silicon Prairie’s leading startups.  However, its origin suggests just how unlikely this was. In 2007, Innova Memphis was founded by Ken Woody as part of the Memphis BioWorks Foundation.  This foundation was part of an effort in Memphis, Tennessee to jumpstart the region’s…

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In our work with entrepreneurs, there are a number of perception gaps. One of the biggest is that early stage valuation is a science. Many believe that if they just knew the parameters then they could get more outside investment.  Most of the time, this is simply not true. Very few businesses ever receive outside…

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Surprisingly, Silicon Prairie News is not the only news or information source out there. But, we consider ourselves well versed in entrepreneurship and ecosystem development.  As such, we have curated seven articles for the Labor Day weekend.  While not all of this is timely, it is timeless. Please feel free to peruse at your leisure.…

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CardX, a Chicago-based FinTech company, disclosed Monday that the firm had raised $2 million from Pace Financial Group.  The company promises no fees on credit card transactions because of the company’s regulatory expertise. The company was founded by Jonathan Razi and Michael Tomko, both graduates of Harvard Law School.  These lawyers have created a service…

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In 2018, only about 18 percent of the top 1,000 U.S. companies featured a female CIO, according to a 2019 analysis by consulting firm Korn Ferry. This represents a slight increase from 16 percent in 2017. But progress is slow and requires a tech talent pipeline more attuned to the needs of women and girls.…

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