Silicon Prairie News

7080_ce945722c8_small July 24, 2014 by James Walmsley

Omaha As Nick Huff likes to tell it, he's most comfortable in motion. It's a good thing, too. The co-founder of Hutch has had to move a lot of furniture as of late. From a two-car garage, to the nethermost depths of the Old Market, to a small storefront in Midtown Crossing, Huff and his business partner, Brandon Beed, have gone from hobbyists to full-blown furniture retailers in less than a year.  read more

7099_f07a79d43f_small July 23, 2014 by Kate Brosseau

Kansas City They say experience is the best teacher, and for Brendan Reilly, that quip resonates in more ways than one. As founder and CEO of Kansas City-based Eon Sports VR, Reilly has created a virtual world where athletes practice their mental and physical game. Although simulators and virtual reality technology are nothing new in the gaming industry, Reilly seems to have finally given athletics a reason to step off the field and into an on-field experience, without turf, equipment or brain-rattling hits. read more

7100_c2f19efb16_small July 23, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha The salty vocabulary of prodigiously successful, serial social entrepreneur Ellen Gustafson added extra passion to the closing speech at Big Omaha. Gustafson describes herself as a "sustainable food system activist, author, innovator and social entrepreneur." She co-founded FEED Projects, is the co-founder of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank and a number of other businesses related to changing food systems. She's also the author of an upcoming book called “We the Eaters.”  read more

7101_9af779083d_small July 23, 2014 by Silicon Prairie News

Kansas City Think Big Coworking is opening its doors to everyone this Thursday and Friday for KC Co-llide Day and SPN will have a part in it. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day the goal will be to get as much of the KC entrepreneur community together in one place as possible. read more

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

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