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KCSourceLink has announced that Global Entrepreneurship Week – Kansas City, the metro’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship, has a new base camp for its 15th year, according to a press release issued today. The weeklong event that draws thousands to network, learn and grow will have its main events at iWerx in North Kansas City, Missouri,…

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Bluestem Biosciences, a renewable chemicals company maximizing agriculture and energy infrastructure through synthetic biology, announced today a pre-seed financing round of $5 million. Zero Infinity Partners led the round, including participation from Matt Vining, CEO of Navigator CO2 Ventures; Invest Nebraska; angel investor Robert Sali and Bluestem Co-Founder & CEO Billy Hagstrom.  Founded in January…

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This profile is the seventh in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting fund investors. Ashok Kamal is an Executive Director & Co-Fund Manager of NuFund Venture Group, a San Diego-based early-stage investment fund created by, and formerly known as, Tech Coast Angels - San Diego.

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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For most startups, developing relationships takes time and effort. The CEO has to make a deliberate and concerted effort to find and speak with key industry players to build rapport and awareness over time. Other startups, by contrast, are seemingly built for partnerships. These are startups focused on ecosystems, knowing they will need to work with partners to not only make their product function well but also to get it to customers. Relationship centric startups are practically prewired for potential exits. Marty Bodley’s company, ZiipRoom, was one of those startups. 

Sentinel Fertigation, a technology company that has developed a platform to quantify nitrogen status in crops to anticipate fertigation needs, recently 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 seventh in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting female investors. Elaine Bolle is an active angel investor, board director and advisor who has led domestic and global organizations from start-ups to $750M+ enterprises. She has built and successfully exited several early stage venture backed companies. She currently focuses on early stage entrepreneurial ventures serving on several boards.

There are a million reasons not to invest in any given startup. Even in the best case, there will be unanswered questions, missing pieces, missing team members, projected losses and uncertainty all around. The diligence process tends to document all of the warts in one place. You would think a compilation of those warts would be the death knell - the final nail in the coffin. So why do people invest in startups?

Applications for the 2023 cohort of the Iowa Technology Leadership Institute are now open, according to a press release issued by the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI), a statewide member-based organization that strives to unite Iowa’s technology community. TAI’s Iowa Technology Leadership Institute develops tomorrow’s technology leaders through programming designed to fill gaps that tech…

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This is a sponsored post from Mutual of Omaha and does not necessarily reflect the views of Silicon Prairie News. Remember what it’s like to start a new job with a new company? It can be overwhelming at first. You have to set up your computer, get to know your boss and your teammates, learn…

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This profile is the sixth in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting female investors. As a General Partner and Co-Founder at FrontEnd Ventures in Nairobi Kenya, Njeri Muhia is focused on working with diverse founding teams that are passionate about impacting their industry value chains and addressing challenges that exist in their communities.

The U.S. electrical grid is the largest interconnected machine on Earth. Over 200,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and 5.5 million miles of local distribution lines link thousands of electricity-generating plants to homes, schools, companies and all manner of buildings, street lights, stoplights and other nodes of vital infrastructure. A typical utility company today can…

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Good decisions begin with good information. During due diligence, you will want to determine whether the risk level is low, medium or high for each area. For low risk areas, you shouldn’t put in any effort from a due diligence perspective. For medium risk areas, you might need to perform some cursory diligence. It’s the high risk areas where you will need to apply significant resources.

With a growing number of Americans relying on local food banks for help finding their next meal, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken will join GiftAMeal as the app’s largest restaurant partner to help feed families facing hunger across 12 states, according to a press release issued today. Nearly one million meals have been provided by GiftAMeal…

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This profile is the third in a series of interviews highlighting the work of interesting impact investors. Peter Adams is a Colorado-based author, investor, speaker, educator and community leader. 

The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) announced recently the opening of its annual Prometheus Awards nomination period. Presented by UHY, the Prometheus Awards unite innovators and leaders from technology, business, education and government to celebrate this year’s most momentous achievements in Iowa’s technology industry. “Each year we are incredibly impressed by the talent and passion…

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“There are only so many IPO candidates out there. I invest to make a return. If the entrepreneur or I can’t put our finger on obvious alternatives to an IPO, something is wrong,” said Ron Conway, one of San Francisco’s most prolific and successful early stage investors. Ron has been an active angel investor for over twenty years, investing early in companies such as Google, PayPal and Facebook. So, you can surmise he knows a thing or two about making successful investments.

The organizers of dsmHack held their annual charitable hackathon last weekend June 2-4, marking over 8 years of giving and $1.4 million of in-kind services raised.  The event, which provides technology solutions for area nonprofit organizations, was held at West48 in West Des Moines.  Since its inception, dsmHack has marshaled the talents of over 650…

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One of the best parts of working as a member of the Seraf team is interacting with and learning from its global customer base and community. Seraf’s users come from countries spread across 6 continents. They all have much in common in terms of their fascination and passion for early stage ventures. But they also have different and sometimes unique perspectives. From prevailing norms in their region, to new ideas and smart practices for putting capital to work, Seraf’s customer base is full of fresh and different approaches to startup investing. 
Given how much this global community has to share, we decided to create a profile series giving these interesting perspectives some of the attention they deserve and sharing the wisdom with our large readership. The profile series is currently focused on four different kinds of early stage investors: woman investors, impact investors, family offices, and small funds. 

A leading provider of total workforce solutions serving the healthcare industry, Medical Solutions  connects nurses, allied health, and non-clinical professionals to hospitals and health systems across the country. The company is headquartered in Omaha with seven locations nationwide and is one of the largest in its industry and rapidly growing.  Expanding their workforce is a…

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This is an opinion piece by Subash Alias and does not necessarily reflect the views of Silicon Prairie News. The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way humans move through the world. From social distancing to widespread masking to telecommuting, most people’s lives look a lot different now than in February 2020. The American tech industry hasn’t…

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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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Dealing with board minutes can be a bit of a chore, but they must be an important one given how much attention is paid to them. If we are going to be involved in startup boards, we need to get grounded in the basics. This article provides an overview of what board minutes are and why they are so important, including a downloadable template.

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.

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