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Are you solving problems or chasing trends? Read more… –– Amy Gehling is the founder of Story Seven, a consulting firm that helps clients build and communicate their brands with strategic and visual thinking tools. Since founding Story Seven, Amy has worked with a variety of organizations in tech, innovation, and community builders. Through her...

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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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Everybody’s gotta start somewhere. That includes the doctor hitting your knee with a mallet. And the nurse splinting your child’s broken arm.   And the EMT saving your life. University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning (iEXCEL) employs real-life visualization and simulation technology to educate students and professionals in the healthcare...

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Launched through the Chicago-based health-tech incubator Matter, medical device start-up, Simergent, LLC, recently closed a $2.835M round of seed funding on April 18. Led by Oklahoma-based i2E, Inc. with an investment of $1.475 million, the round also included contributions from the Oklahoma Seed Capital Fund for $750,000, the Oklahoma Angel Fund for $500,000 and the...

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Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) announced this week its selection of five companies nationally to participate in the incubator’s first agtech cohort – the program’s fifth cohort. IN2 is a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). RNAissance Ag LLC is one of...

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Tominsky, David (@tominsky). “These are my people, my tribe. On an adventure together at #entrefest #EntreFEST2019.”  10:25 AM – May 16, 2019. Tweet Tominsky, David (@tominsky).  “Love that @geoffwood does this crash course on the Iowa Startup Scene and excited to have it as one of the first sessions at #EntreFEST2019.” 9:09 AM – May...

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Handrail filed paperwork in early April with the SEC identifying $800k worth of commitments to a larger raise. Handrail is a company that focuses on user experience research. The website boasts that the company provides an end-to-end collaborative research and insights platform. Specific examples of how teams use Handrail include the ability to collaboratively plan,...

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Drug discovery company, Nimble Therapeutics, Inc. based in Madison, Wisconsin secured $10 million in equity funding directed by San Francisco-based venture capital firm, Telegraph Hill Partners on April 30. Nimble Therapeutics spun out of Swiss-based F. Hoffman La Roche as an independent entity to facilitate the expansion of a unique chemical synthesis technology that Roche...

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AIM Institute, the parent company of Silicon Prairie News, is now accepting speaker submissions for HDC 2019. AIM Institute’s Heartland Developers Conference (HDC) is one of the largest, most successful annual developer conferences in the country, bringing hundreds of developers into one place for three days of collaboration and innovation. This year, AIM is launching...

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Tractor Zoom is the creator of a platform designed to digitally connect farmers with equipment auctioneers across North America. Founder Kyle McMahon grew up in Fairfield, a small ag community in southeast Iowa. His work ethic and love for equipment led him to start a lawn and landscaping business. He sold the business to fund...

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  In a recent Facebook post, Taylor Monks, the CEO of BasicBlock, revealed that the company had received angel investment from world-famous angel investor, Jason Calacanis. This investment comes on the heels of BasicBlock receiving a Lincoln Launch grant. These fundings and the inherent support are signals of the significant growth and evolution of BasicBlock...

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Growing up in St. Louis, my first boss picked me up at my parent’s house, popped open two beers, and without seatbelts, drove to Kansas City. That was the 70’s. Since then I’ve lived in NYC and then 36 years in KC, where my partners and I built the largest private wealth practice in our...

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Corporate innovation usually brings to mind large companies trying to introduce an entrepreneurial mindset into their business. But that’s not always the case. Lincoln startup BREWSENSE grew out of I.D.E.A. Labs, an innovation group inside of KZValve, an engineering, design & manufacturing company in nearby Greenwood, Nebraska. “(KZValve owner) Keith Ziegenbein’s mindset is that you...

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Sioux Falls-based DocuTAP and Illinois-based Practice Velocity – two of the biggest names in EHR/on-demand healthcare – just announced their official merger this morning to become newly formed company Experity. Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing, has merged DocuTAP and Practice Velocity— the two leaders and innovators in the...

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                    Sojern wraps up its 8th annual Global Employee Conference, or “GloCon” as it is popularly known, today in Omaha. The conference, held in Omaha for the first time, is an opportunity for the entire Sojern team to gather for training, team building, company planning, and...

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MarketBeat was founded 12 years ago and is expecting to earn $9 million in revenue in 2019 with just seven employees and a large technical backend. The company was founded by Matt Paulson in Sioux Falls, SD and never took outside investment. Paulson, who is now an angel investor through Falls Angel Fund, said that...

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On May 1st, the Technology Association of Iowa hosted one of many Tech Brews across the State of Iowa. This Tech Brew featured Dave Kerber and John Grange of OpsCompass. Kerber and Grange discussed their startup OpsCompass’ technology. The company provides guardrails to enterprise users of public cloud systems, such as Microsoft Azure, Google Public...

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Chicago-based ExplORer Surgical announced April 18 that it raised a $5 million round in a deal led by Aphelion Capital and other undisclosed investors. The cloud-based ExplORer Surgical software platform is an interactive surgical playbook to help manage surgical procedures and teams in the operating room through customized workflows. The application is used by both...

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Ravi Sahu, Founder and CEO of Strayos, was not initially intending to start a company. Sahu worked for over a decade at enterprise-level organizations in various leadership roles and completed an MBA at Washington University in St. Louis 2014 before starting Strayos in 2016. He had experience managing programs using sensor data to build and...

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“You can see it…like a blanket over the city.” Aiden Livingston was inspired to start ThermoAI, based in St. Louis, as a response to the pollution he encountered while running tests in South America for a company he founded in New York. Livingston recounted that the industrial emissions he experienced in Bogota, Colombia and in...

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The Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development has awarded three $25,000 LaunchLNK grants, as well as access to professional services. Sapahn, a Thai artisan fashion goods company, is one of three companies who recently received the award. Brooke Mullen, the founder of Sapahn and a native Lincoln, NE resident, began her company as a way to...

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Read More: GrowthologyLab.com –– Amy Gehling is the founder of Story Seven, a consulting firm that helps clients build and communicate their brands with strategic and visual thinking tools. Since founding Story Seven, Amy has worked with a variety of organizations in tech, innovation, and community builders. Through her work she has been inspired to...

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