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6975_0591cb9ea4_small June 18, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha It's only the second week of the Straight Shot accelerator, but seven startups already got advice from Dundee Venture Capital's Beth Engel and Mindmixer CEO Nick Bowden about fundraising, dealing with investors and more tips on becoming a successful business. read more

6966_482ae654b9_small June 16, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Starting Sept. 3, four young entrepreneurs will spend 365 days together in a Midtown Omaha home as part of residential accelerator Year of the Startup. Sabastian Hunt, organizer of Year of the Startup, hoped to get as many as 50 applications but ended up with 16. "But our list of finalists has exceeded our expectations by far in terms of strength of idea and individuals," Hunt said. "We had some great applicants that we didn't select, but we'll be offering participation in our program, minus residential facilities, to an additional two applicants." read more

6968_ef78df146c_small June 16, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Cousins Cara Heacock and Marcus Ross had a winning combination when they created Discount Salmon, a tabletop card game that won Tabletop Deathmatch. Last week, the pair were announced as the winners out of 500 entries for the game design competition put on by the makers of Cards Against Humanity, the hilariously dark, inappropriate version of Apples to Apples. The creators of the competition also taped the whole thing for a YouTube show. read more

6952_18dd4c5cdb_small June 14, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Omaha Prairie Portraits is a weekly set of questions intended to help the community get to know someone from the Silicon Prairie startup scene a little bit better. Prairie Portraits feature a fixed set of questions ranging from career background ... read more

6963_44efa0fd80_small June 13, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Three lucky students took home the top prize at the Interface School graduation Thursday night: $2,000 off tuition and bragging rights for having the best project. Nick Chickinelli, Sam Carlisle and Matt Niblock won for a website they created for nonprofit DIBS, Delivering Infinite Bookshelves. read more

6964_10e0f7927b_small June 13, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Interface School and First National Bank of Omaha have announced a $70,000 partnership to provide students scholarship money in exchange for working as interns at the bank this fall. The partnership was announced Thursday night at Interface School's inaugural class graduation. read more

6947_e094a09a9a_small June 13, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Flywheel. Lemonly. Agape Red. Errvin & Smith. Those are some of Omaha Code School's employer partners. They're also some of the companies that have hired code school graduates in recent weeks. At least four of 12 students have been hired for jobs while others have internships or plans to move. read more

6953_e3bd65179c_small June 12, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha When Corey Anand, a startup founder out of Chicago, was asked to join Straight Shot, an accelerator in Omaha, he was ready to get out of his element. "I've never been to Omaha, but this was three months out of my life that I could be heads down and work on my company," Anand said Wednesday night after the accelerator shared its second class of seven ecommerce and SaaS startups. read more

6934_1187eec84f_small June 11, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha It's been six months since Omaha editor Jordan Pascale has been on the job, and he reported on a lot in his first few months. We were taken back by all the movement, which got us to thinking, "What have been the key storylines for each region?" Each has had a unique story, and over the next three days we'll run through some of those storylines—Nebraska today, Iowa on Thursday and Kansas City on Friday. read more

6945_69a6bc46cc_small June 9, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha BuyNow Worldwide, an Omaha-based startup, has raised $355,000 in seed funding from Foundry Group's Angels and Invest Nebraska. Founder and CEO Shaz Khan told SPN the funds will help reach more publishers and advertisers to increase BuyNow's reach, maybe open a New York office and help rebrand the startup's image. BuyNow is a mobile-commerce app that enables consumers to instantly purchase advertised products or services off of any multimedia ad by sending a text message.  read more

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