Silicon Prairie News

7098_8976edfb62_small July 23, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln Beehive Industries has filled a $2.5 million Series A investment from St. Louis-based Advantage Capital. The Lincoln-based startup provides infrastructure management and mapping software to utilities, city government and construction companies… read more

July 22, 2014 by Silicon Prairie News

A USDA official will be in Lincoln July 31 for a seminar on Small Business Innovation Research federal grants. The event is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's East Campus ... read more

7091_ea51f4769b_small July 22, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Last week ABC reality show "Shark Tank" hosted an open casting call in Des Moines and more than 100 entrepreneurs and inventors turned out for an opportunity to swim with the sharks. It's still too soon to say if any of the companies that pitched last Monday will make it on to the show's taping. But in the meantime, we asked a couple Iowa entrepreneurs who came out for the event to tell us, in their own words, about the experience and what they learned from pitching the producers of "Shark Tank." read more

7071_66677d197f_small July 22, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Prairie Village It's not quite back-to-school season yet, but Kansas City-based startup career finding Briefcase is getting a new look and a few new ways to interact with its users.  read more

7092_bb932c5822_small July 22, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln It's been more than three years since Nebraska passed a law creating a tax incentive for investors to back startups. But the Nebraska Angel Investment Tax Credit has a problem. Granted, it's a good problem. Each year, more investors are pulling the trigger to fund startups and take the tax credits. So much so that the annual $3 million fund has run out faster and faster. In 2012, its inaugural full year, the funds were gone by mid-July. read more

7069_60f0a3c4f6_small July 21, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Kansas City You might not find cupcakes at your typical user group meeting or hackathon, but at Kansas City Women in Technology's next event, the sweet treat will be the attendee's "coding fuel." KCWiT invites KC-area mothers and their daughters to join them for Coding & Cupcakes, a three-hour event to teach coding and website building.  read more

7084_0a85a0ec84_small July 21, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha A new startup program focused on executing a business model canvas and lean principles aims to help early-stage startups figure out if their idea is viable. The new 10-week entrepreneurial endeavor, Aksarban Innovation Initiative, is using the Lean LaunchPad to help five startups: MultiMechanics, Techno FYI, Discovery Collective, Innovative Wellness and another undisclosed company. They're about halfway through the program. read more

7090_077b44833c_small July 21, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Last week the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) awarded five startups grants or loans from the Demonstration Fund, including two Iowa tech startups. read more

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