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5296_cdfe0dec9f_small February 13, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Lincoln A group led by Lincoln, Neb.-based NUtech Ventures today announced its next move to support the state's entrepreneurial ecosystem: an early stage startup accelerator it calls NMotion. "We looked at where NUtech could play a role, and obviously not driving it as a university accelerator, but just as a catalyst to help," said NMotion director Brian Ardinger. "And my role of actually just taking the reigns and push this through and marshal some muscle behind this whole thing." Since coming on board a… read more

5289_3b9b51eb54_small February 13, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI), a non-profit committed to accelerating the success of Iowa's tech industry, recently opened applications for i2iowa April 9, its half-day investor and innovator forum in Des Moines. "This year's forum is focused on early-stage companies, and on providing a powerfully strong environment for networking and education," TAI president Leann Jacobsen said … read more

5294_86d0c5cf4c_small February 13, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City H&R Block and Think Big Partners announced today the 10 companies that will be competing in its inaugural Hackovate Health competition Feb. 26. The competition, which was announced in November, challenges entrepreneurs to dream up an online or mobile app that could help consumers navigate today's health care landscape. Among the 10 companies selected … read more

5291_3d30054388_small February 13, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City The Kansas City Startup Village has a new homeowner in its Google Fiber-equipped neighborhood, and it's a venture capitalist with a penchant for startup communities. On Monday, serial entrepreneur, investor and author Brad Feld (left) closed on a home, and today he's launching a competition that will put five entrepreneurs in the house with access to Google's 1-gigabit internet and free rent. The three-bedroom house, located in the Kansas City, Kan. neighborhood of Hanover Heights - the first with Google Fiber - will host entrepreneurs interested in taking advantage of the ultra-fast internet. ... read more

5290_3285922695_small February 12, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines StartupCity Des Moines, an early stage tech startup incubator in its second year, announced today the addition of two Des Moines startups to its group of residents. PosterZen, a web-based tool to create and order custom posters, came on board in November and … read more

5287_f86f12bcc2_small February 11, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Two awards honoring startups in Omaha and Kansas City are quickly nearing their nomination deadline. Friday is the last day to put a company's name in for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce's "Innovator of the Year" award and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce's "Aspirational Entrepreneur" award. The Omaha Chamber's award, which is a part of its annual Big O! Excellence Awards (left), recognizes an "individual or an organization that has both envisioned and executed on an opportunity." Proxibid earned the title last year, and in the award's first year in 2011, our organization was honored to receive the recognition. To nominate a company or individual, visit The Kansas City Chamber's award … read more

5284_bd06966a96_small February 11, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City Kansas City native Arash Ferdowsi (far left) may have a unique career path and success in the tech industry, but he still shares one thing in common with many in his hometown: he's a huge Kansas City Chiefs fans. And a frustrated one, too, the Kansas City Star noted in its Saturday feature story on Ferdowsi. Now in San Francisco, Ferdowsi is the co-founder and CTO of Dropbox. The path that got him there, Star reporter Eric Adler shared, started … read more

5275_255f886bf8_small February 8, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Lincoln Invest Nebraska Corporation, a state-funded venture capital organization, recently announced it participated in a bridge financing round of Lincoln, Neb.-based Virtual Incision. Though the terms of the round were undisclosed, Invest Nebraska analyst Adam Hunke told Silicon Prairie News the organization contributed $500,000 (investments made by Invest Nebraska must be matched or exceeded by another capital … read more

5253_be0cef2885_small February 7, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Lead Read: "Kansas Reminders, and our First Missouri Deadlines" - After installing Google Fiber in some parts of Kansas City, Kan., Google announced it would begin installation of its gigabit internet in Kansas City, Mo. this spring. | Quotable: "If you've never worked together before hand, I would say think twice." - Bulu Box co-founder Stephanie Jarrett reflected … read more

5271_fe9c477ccc_small February 6, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines The Plains Angels, a Des Moines-based consortium of angel investors that came together in June last year, announced today … read more

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