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The Hub: CBD Business Boost From The Polsky Center; EforAll’s New Director, And A Twin Cities Initiative For Ag Companies

Welcome to The Hub, your spot for venture capital, accelerator and incubator news. In this news roundup, we’ll provide you with the latest on organizations working to support, educate and fund innovators and their ideas. We’ll highlight cohort applications, people to know in the incubator world and programs working to give resources to those who […]

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Op-Ed: Americans Stepped Up To Save Small Business. Now, It’s Time To Do More.

Many Americans showed their support for Main Street businesses by purchasing holiday gifts on Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday from local stores in their communities. A whopping 75% of consumers reported they were planning to “shop small” this holiday season, according to one recent survey.  That’s a good sign—and hopefully the sales tallies for […]

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New Way To Diagnose Ear Infections, Developed In Illinois, Could Help Millions

About eight years ago, Ryan Shelton was doing postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, focusing on medical optics and imaging. He was also the father of Jack, a one-year-old who suffered from constant, painful ear infections that, eventually, led to permanent partial hearing loss. At the same time, a colleague, Dr. Stephen […]

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Rare In Every Way, A CleanTech Company Emerges From Southwest Virginia’s Coal Country

In the 12 years Karen Sorber worked on growing Micronic Technologies to this point – a $3 million funding round — she was nicknamed “tornado lady.” In endless meetings and pitches, she honed the description of the company’s technology to a single memorable phrase: tornado in bottle. Sorber, a long-time government executive, married a scientist, […]

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A Revolution In Philanthropy: Maybe It’s The Donors Who Need To Change, Not The Recipients

Back in the springtime, as the bad news mounted, Kathryn Finney was worried about the impact of the pandemic on the most vulnerable small businesses and entrepreneurs. Women and people of color, who disproportionately own smaller companies in high-touch fields, like salons and restaurants, were shut down. Even those in high-tech sectors and professional services […]

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Tech Meets The Steno Pool: A Kansas City Startup Launches In This Surprisingly Lucrative, Woman-Dominated Field

The pandemic shutdown put business plans on hold all over the country, but startup founder Lauren Lawrence had a thousand reasons to go ahead with a spring launch–1,052, to be exact. That’s how many customers put their names on the waitlist for her legal tech platform, Stenovate, which went live in May. “We knew the sooner […]