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Small Business Innovation Research grants seminar at UNL July 31

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 … Continue reading

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What’s it like to pitch Shark Tank producers? Iowa entrepreneurs share

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." Continue reading

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Briefcase mobile, LinkedIn upgrades are ready for back-to-school season

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. Continue reading

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Nebraska’s angel tax credit fund has a great problem on its hands

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. Continue reading

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Coding & Cupcakes connects KC moms, daughters with programming

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. Continue reading

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With its second class, Tech Journey already seeing positive results in kids

For the second summer, the hallways of Des Moines’ Central Campus have echoed with the sounds of students, if only for a few days. The second annual Tech Journey camp wrapped Friday afternoon with a presentation as well as student show and tell open to parents, media and members of the community… Continue reading

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Silicon Prairie college students: Volunteer for Big Kansas City

Big Kansas City is headed into its second year, and we want to give a few lucky college students the opportunity to experience Big Kansas City as volunteers. If you are a self-motivated, hardworking student with an interest in the entrepreneurial community of the Midwest, then you are the perfect candidate! Continue reading

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At 1MC, It’s Deductible co-founder shares what it’s like to get acquired

1 Million Cups Omaha-Lincoln has shared founding stories, success stories, post-mortems and Wednesday, an acquisition story from Craig Walter of It’s Deductible, a tax software startup acquired by the makers of TurboTax in 2003… Continue reading

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The big pivot: from athletes and sports to… the Lyft of lawn care?

Nearly every startup has had to pivot in some form or another. A tweak here or there. But two entrepreneurs from Florida taking part in the NMotion Accelerator in Lincoln have made a pretty drastic change: creating a company that helps athletes become entrepreneurs to creating an app for on-demand lawn care.

Co-founders Mike Fingado and Brian Dzingai figured out early in the program the first idea wasn’t something they’d be able to launch and scale quickly enough. Continue reading

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The big pivot: from athletes and sports to… the Lyft of lawn care?

Nearly every startup has had to pivot in some form or another. A tweak here or there. But two entrepreneurs from Florida taking part in the NMotion Accelerator in Lincoln have made a pretty drastic change: creating a company that helps athletes become entrepreneurs to creating an app for on-demand lawn care.

Co-founders Mike Fingado and Brian Dzingai figured out early in the program the first idea wasn’t something they’d be able to launch and scale quickly enough. Continue reading

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