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International art and tech event series, Art Hack Day, is coming to St. Louis, August 17-19.

The event is now giving St. Louis, an emerging tech and art hub, a chance to come together and receive international exposure.

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Kansas City-based technology company Red Nova Labs (RNL) has expanded their engineering team to include a second office in Denver.

But RNL isn’t looking to ditch their Kansas City roots anytime soon.

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AIM HDC (Heartland Developers Conference) is a 3-day software development event on September 6-8, 2017 for tech professionals, consisting of hands-on workshops, keynotes and other speakers, breakout sessions and networking events. SPN recapped a few of the impressive men and women that you can look forward to hearing from at this year’s AIM HDC.

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Last November, SPN profiled Phynd Technologies, a healthcare data management startup based in Dallas and Kearney, Nebraska.

Last quarter, Phynd launched a consumer-facing module called Phynd a Doc that leverages the integrated provider database with search functionality.

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Last week’s 5th annual NMotion Demo Day at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln was a thrilling introduction to the 5 startups that just completed the 100 day accelerator program.

The evening began with an intro from NMotion Managing Director Beth McKeon and a thanks to representatives from startup heavy-hitters Hudl, Zilliow, Nelnet, Opendorse and Bulu Box for participating in the programming.

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It astounds me when a want-to-be entrepreneur spends the better portion of a meeting talking about their solution.

Shouldn’t this be one of the easiest questions asked of entrepreneurs?

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St. Louis-based Hoperator, a live chat and social messaging platform which increases lead conversions and guest loyalty for independently owned travel and hospitality businesses, made its public launch last month.

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On Christmas Eve of 2015, Kim Perkins was helping to unpack a moving truck that had just brought her family from California to Omaha.

Earlier in 2015, Perkins was working as the Chief Product Officer and Business Development lead at C1X, and Lorenzo was running Ad Operations while working on his MBA.

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PowerPost, an automated marketing software company headquartered out of St. Louis, announced last week that it had acquired Social Media Beast, one of Chicago, Illinois’ premier content marketing agencies.

The acquisition is the third large transaction for PowerPost within the last 18 months and will add nearly 100 new clients to PowerPost, in addition to increasing their pool of brand journalists and content writers.

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Startups often find it challenging to convince traditional lenders to invest in their companies.

Catalyst is best known for its meeting and conference space in Lincoln’s Haymarket District, available for use free of charge by startups and entrepreneurs.

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SPN checks in with The Startup Collaborative [0.19]

Posted on Aug. 4, 2017, 1:37 p.m. by Silicon Prairie News @ [source]

The Startup Collaborative, a program of Greater Omaha Chamber, is working to radically improve the odds of startup success. The Omaha-based acellerator is doing great things, building and launching the next wave of startups in the community, and SPN wants to help champion their successes and innovations.

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AIM HDC (Heartland Developers Conference) is a 3-day software development event on September 6-8, 2017 for tech professionals, consisting of hands-on workshops, keynotes and other speakers, breakout sessions and networking events.

SPN caught up with Chad Michel, Software Architect at Don’t Panic Labs, to get his take on who should consider attending a few of the HDC workshops.

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Silicon Prairie News, in cooperation with the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development and NMotion, is proud to announce the OMA/LNK Startup Bus to shuttle community supporters from Omaha to Lincoln for the NMotion Demo Day on Thursday, August 10th.

SPN’s recent State of the Silicon Prairie Report recommended that the Lincoln and Omaha startup communities join forces to foster stronger collaboration.

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Upcoming events on the Silicon Prairie [0.23]

Posted on Aug. 1, 2017, 7:24 p.m. by Silicon Prairie News @ [source]

Check out on our SPN event list to keep you informed on everything that’s happening across the Silicon Prairie. Do you have an upcoming event that you want to share with the SPN community?

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The GIA was started by the Greater Des Moines Partnership in 2014 as a startup accelerator focused on driving innovation in the insurance industry. The GIA is one of 18 finalists and is the only finalist from the U.S.

The accelerator is being recognized as a collaborative solution that helps drive innovation in a worldwide industry that has a heavy presence in Greater Des Moines.

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SafetyNet, a Madison, Wisconsin-based insurance tech startup, is hoping to solve a problem that plagues nearly half of all Americans.

The team at SafetyNet talked to thousands of people across the country and asked them about their financial security to find out how they get through hardships when it comes to money.

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WISRAN seeks to improve farm efficiencies [0.18]

Posted on July 28, 2017, 11 a.m. by Silicon Prairie News @ [source]

Farmers have to be as efficient as possible, to help compensate for the things that are harder to control. The Sunnydale, CA., startup WISRAN is looking to boost efficiency for farmers 2-5 percent and is part of the inaugural cohort for the Iowa Agritech Accelerator.

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MultiMechanics, an Omaha startup and leading developer of virtual testing software designed to help companies reduce physical prototyping and testing, has announced it raised $1.9 million in new financing, with investments from Solvay Ventures, Anzu Partners, and Invest Nebraska.

MultiMechanics provides Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) solutions to help companies optimize the design and manufacturing process of innovative products.

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For the first time in its 118 year history, a woman became the national president of industry group Federated Farmers of New Zealand.

They are comfortable leading projects with long-term time frames and intergenerational challenges.

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In 2011 state-by-state ranking, Nebraska came in dead last in venture capital deals with exactly zero. Their capital base is supplemented by philanthropy and partnerships with other venture capital organizations, and they work across the state in communities like Hastings and Norfolk as well as Omaha and Lincoln.

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