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The other side of e-commerce: Spreetail to hire hundreds

E-commerce has become a dirty word in many circles, with people blaming online shopping for killing everything from the mom-and-pop corner store to their favorite mall chain.

So far this year, Radio Shack, Vanity, Family Christian Stores and Rue 21 have all either closed stores in Lincoln or announced plans to do so. And other chains, including Sears, J.C. Penney, Gordmans and Payless ShoeSource, have announced store closings elsewhere in Nebraska.

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Spreetail, an e-commerce company located at Nebraska Innovation Campus, is looking to hire 400 people over the next three years.

Lincoln ag tech company raises $3.2 million

A Lincoln-based agriculture technology startup has raised more than $3 million from investors.

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Spreetail keeping head down in rapidly changing e-commerce world

Brett Thome compares Spreetail, the company he runs, to a duck. It looks calm on the surface, but below, things are going 100 miles an hour.

These days, a comparison to a small fish might be more apt. And that fish is swimming in a sea of sharks.

Spreetail is the Lincoln e-commerce company that burst on the scene last fall, announcing its presence with a name change and a move to Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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Spreetail chief executive officer Brett Thome (top) talks with marketing manager Khushbaht Abdulloev last week in their new office space at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Entrepreneurship task force hosting town halls

The Nebraska Legislature’s Venture Development and Entrepreneurship Task Force plans to hold five town hall meetings across the state this summer, including in Lincoln.

The task force, made up of state sens. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse, Matt Williams of Gothenburg, Paul Schumacher of Columbus, Al Davis of Hyannis, John Stinner of Gering, and Mark Kolterman of Seward, is charged to examine and review the role entrepreneurship and innovation play in Nebraska’s economy.

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Next Innovation Campus building on track

In two weeks, construction fences will go up on the site of the next Nebraska Innovation Campus building -- 80,000 square feet under development by Tetrad Property Group.

At first, the fence will encircle an area set aside for activities related to this year’s Cattlemen’s Ball, which begins June 3 in Lincoln and has a dinner that night at Innovation Campus.

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Nebraska Innovation Campus [Gwyneth Roberts/Lincoln Journal Star file photo]

Nebraska Innovation Studio offers holiday fun, looks at maker technology

Through a Plexiglass window, kids stared down into the big whirring machine as lasers turned paper into snowflakes. They sat on stools or peered on tip toes while parents hovered over them, trying to catch their own glance.

This laser cutter and many other attractions, which included button and ornament making, were all part of Saturday's Holiday Maker Extravaganza at Nebraska Innovation Studio located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Innovation Campus.

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Lauren Zeleny scrutinizes the innards of a laser-cutting machine as it works on a paper snowflake on Saturday at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Hour of Code offers interactive experience for families

Saturday was a morning for coding and tinkering with technology at the Nebraska Innovation Campus.

It was the second time the "Hour of Code" was held to help people of all ages learn the basics of coding through self-guided tutorials, and to get children interested in computer science. Read More

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More than 500 people learned the basics of coding at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Hour of Code event Saturday morning.

Grant to boost Innovation Campus, biotech startups

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will use a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to build biotechnology lab space at Nebraska Innovation Campus for small and start-up companies.

Together with unused construction funds to match the Economic Development Administration's grant, UNL will create a “biotechnology connector program” to stimulate economic growth in fields from agriculture to pharmaceuticals in Nebraska.

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UNL Go B1G Red flags line downtown streets

Innovation Campus greenhouse puts plants through the paces

A single stalk of sorghum -- planted in a two-gallon bucket -- was the star of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Fascination of Plants Day, an event showcasing how the leafy lifeforms are integral to life.

Winding its way down a conveyor belt and through several chambers with doors automatically opening with a hydraulic hiss, the plant was the focal point of a sneak preview of greenhouses going up on Nebraska Innovation Campus.

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Agronomy and horticulture professor Daniel Schachtman gives a tour of the greenhouse and newly installed LemnaTec plant phenotyping system Monday at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Innovation Campus adds Korean food processor

Suji Park owns and operates Korean restaurants in South Korea and Japan -- and caters food service at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul -- but she has long been drawn to Nebraska’s status as the Beef State.

“It’s the Silicon Valley of red meat,” said Park, whose Suji’s Cuisine was announced Monday as the fifth private company and first international tenant of Nebraska Innovation Campus. They already have a sales office employing six people in Omaha.

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Suji Park, founder of Food Dreams Made Real, delivers remarks Monday at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Her company, Suji's Cuisine USA, a producer of South Korean prepared meals, is opening an office at the campus for research and development.

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