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Sentinel Fertigation, a technology company that has developed a platform to quantify nitrogen status in crops to anticipate fertigation needs, today announced the close to an initial, $1.2 million seed fund round. The fundraising round includes investors from Invest Nebraska, Burlington Capital Ag-Venture, Nebraska Angels, Proven Ventures and several angel investors across the nation. Fertigation…

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This profile is the sixth in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting fund investors. Nicolas Biet is a partner in The Faktory Fund, a private early-stage investment fund, which invests in startups developing disruptive technology that enables new products to take worldwide leadership in B2B markets primarily in the Internet of Things and Software as a Service (SaaS) startups located in BeNeLux and France.

St. Louis-based nonprofit Arch Grants has officially awarded $350,000 in non-dilutive grants to four of its portfolio companies through its Growth Grants program. The list of companies includes Flipstik, Generation Mindful, HomeTraq and TCARE. “We are thrilled to award these four companies through the Growth Grants program,” said Gabe Angieri, executive director of Arch Grants.…

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We’ve all experienced pedantic people try to make their points by browbeating the listener. And we’ve all been frustrated by repetitive or long-winded people who just cannot get to the point. We just tune them out. They are not effective, whether in person or in writing. Diligence reports are the same - they won’t help anyone if they go unread.

In 1993, when Cox first began offering commercial services, the primary focus was providing business class internet, voice, and video solutions to its customers. But as technology needs evolved over time, so have the companies that provide those business-critical services. Gone are the days of Cox being just a cable and internet company, says Denise…

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This is an op-ed contributed by Robert McMillen and does not necessarily reflect the views of Silicon Prairie News. Technological improvements are playing an essential role in all industries, allowing businesses and individuals to complete tasks with a few clicks of a mouse, saving time and money. With the advanced techniques and customer demands, the…

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In the sport of Major League Baseball, the greatest hitters are those who get a hit just one out of every three times at bat and a home run 5 or 6 times out of 100 at bats. In the world of startup company investing, the best-known investors are those who invest in the tiny percentage of companies that make it big. Think Facebook, Google or Amazon. Should a typical angel investor apply the “swing for the fences” approach to their personal investing?

The Technology Association of Iowa invites the public to Tech Brew:AM Des Moines 8 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, May 12, at West End Architectural Salvage. Presented by Check Point Software Technologies, Tech Brew:AM connects technology professionals with one another at a monthly meetup. Each meeting features an exclusive interview with an Iowa tech executive. Tomorrow’s interview…

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WP Engine, a WordPress technology company, unveiled its new Omaha office Thursday, located in the historic Ashton Building in the Millwork Commons community. Formerly known as Flywheel, the WP Engine Omaha office takes up the third and fourth floors of the Ashton Building, for a total of 66,000 sq. ft. and will have a 400-person…

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This profile is the fifth in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting fund investors. Daniel Ibri is the Co-Founder and General Partner at Mindset Ventures, which invests in early-stage startups from Israel and USA. He is also a professor of finance and entrepreneurship at INSPER in São Paulo, and member of the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Seed Capital Committee of the Brazilian Association for PE & VC.

The Callers to Coders program, part of the nonprofit AIM Institute’s partnership with Physicians Mutual, is currently introducing six employees to training in core data management. Physicians Mutual is eager to amplify the success and impacts of last year’s Callers to Coders initiative by again utilizing AIM’s Custom Training program. The 2022 cohort, which launched…

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Dashboards are a great way to summarize, view and discuss the many risks that are part of running a business. A good dashboard will pack a lot of business information into one condensed view. A good dashboard helps your management team and corporate board focus on the most important issues in operating the business.

Nebraska-based biotech startup Thyreos has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to develop a new vaccine to protect against Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR), a disease that causes respiratory illness in cattle. Bovine alphaherpesvirus 1 (BoHV-1) is endemic…

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The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) announced today the inaugural Eastern Iowa Tech Open, an opportunity for business and technology leaders to gather for a day of golf, networking and business development on the eastern side of the state. “We want Iowa to be the number one state for technology in the Midwest,” said Brian…

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Hack Midwest, Kansas City’s largest coding competition, will bring together over 300 of the region’s software engineers this summer to build apps for a chance to win the equivalent of thousands of dollars in prizes. Participants will bring their ideas to life at the fast-paced, 24-hour hackathon on July 23-24, hosted at Lightwell in downtown…

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Experience is what you get, when you don’t get what you want. When I made my first angel investment in 2000, I wish I knew then what I know today. As a newly minted angel, I assumed that angel investing would be easy to jump into and become successful at. I was partially right… it was easy to jump into. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that easy to become successful. I’ve had my share of luck and good outcomes, but I also learned many painful lessons along the way. Many of them would have been easy to avoid, had I understood a few key concepts.

There is an old proverb that was adopted by Ronald Reagan during the later part of the Cold War and which became a signature phrase of Reagan’s in the mid-1980s. When talking about the Cold War adversaries, Reagan always liked to say we should “Trust, but Verify.” It came to summarize the approach the US would use after the signing of a landmark nuclear disarmament treaty.
At Launchpad, we like to follow this advice when it becomes clear that we like what we are hearing, and we believe there is solid investment opportunity with the company.

The St. Louis agtech ecosystem has coalesced its resources to attract startups to the St. Louis region by funding an AgriFoodTech track in the annual Arch Grants Startup Competition. BioGenerator, the startup arm of BioSTL; the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center; and The Yield Lab have partnered with Arch Grants to extend more funding opportunities…

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We’ve published a fair amount about due diligence and being a deal lead. In those pieces we talk a lot about the importance of having a good diligence template to ensure the final product is useful to the reader. Here for your reference is our Due Diligence Report Template.

This profile is the second in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting family offices. Frank Foster is the Managing General Partner of the Gideon Hixon Fund.

The exercise equipment startup Impower Health Inc. has announced the granting of a new U.S. patent (No. 11,185,740) for a treadmill that adapts to the users own running pace automatically. The invention was initially developed as a potential therapeutic device to help stroke patients by three students at the University of Nebraska Omaha, William Denton, Molly Schieber,…

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Dr. Richard H. Linton, president of Kansas State University, has joined the Board of Directors of TechAccel LLC, effective immediately, according to a press release issued today by the company.  TechAccel, based in Overland Park, Kansas, is a technology and venture development organization investing in scientific breakthroughs to produce healthier plants, animals and foods. It…

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In addition to articles and eBooks, the Seraf Compass makes various tools and checklists available for anyone to use. We have written quite a bit about the importance of thorough diligence and a professional and efficient overall diligence process. A key element is having a good diligence checklist. Here is the Due Diligence Checklist we use and recommend.

This is an op-ed by SPN’s interim managing editor, Tom McCauley, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Silicon Prairie News or its advertisers. On New Year’s Eve, I listened to a story about the push for a four-day workweek in America. It was eye-opening and provocative. While we may consider the five-day workweek…

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This profile is the fifth in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting female investors.  Marcia Dawood is the Chair of the Angel Capital Association.

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