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Directions 2021: When world shifted to online shopping, Lincoln’s online super-seller was ready

After 20 years, the co-founder and CEO of Razor knows what keeps his company rolling.

It sticks to designing and supplying scooters. Nearly 35 million so far, its early and iconic kick models joined by a growing line of self-propelled toys: go-karts, hoverboards, skates and skateboards.

But Carlton Calvin also knows what would slow his company down.

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A view of Spreetail's headquarters in Lincoln at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Directions 2021: From vaccines to apps for truck drivers, Lincoln startups mark big year for investments

Last year, depending on how you look at it, might be considered the biggest year ever for Lincoln-based startups.

It all comes down to whether you still consider Hudl, which is nearing its 15th birthday, a startup company. Experts disagree, with some arguing that Hudl, which has 2,300 employees and offices in four countries, is now a mature company.

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MatMa of Lincoln has received emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration for use of its protable COVID-19 testing system.

200,000 gallons and 6,000 miles — The man who helped sanitize Nebraska, and the team that produced it

In early April, when the pandemic was keeping most Nebraskans home, Lew Sieber started setting his alarm for 4 a.m.

The 57-year-old would leave his northwest Lincoln home in the dark, headed for Innovation Campus and a 5,000-gallon tanker truck. He wanted to be first in line when the Green Plains ethanol plant near York opened at 7, and he had nearly an hour’s drive west ahead of him.

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Lew Sieber, manager of the Nebraska Forest Service Fire Shop, with the tank truck he used to haul 200,000 gallons of ethanol across the state to be mixed into hand sanitizer.

Agtech incubator at Innovation Campus gets $600,000 grant

An incubator program for agricultural startups that's based at Nebraska Innovation Campus has received a $600,000 grant from the federal government.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced Monday that Invest Nebraska was one of 52 organizations from 36 states receiving a Venture Challenge grant to support entrepreneurship, acceleration of company growth, and increased access to risk capital across regional economies.

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The Rise Building (right), is home to the Combine Incubator at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Work begins on Innovation Campus hotel

Work has begun on a new six-story hotel at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

St. Louis-based McCarthy Building Companies Inc. said it broke ground this week on the hotel, which is located near the intersection of 21st Street and Transformation Drive, adjacent to the Rise building.

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Work has begun on a six-story hotel at Nebraska Innovation Campus that's expected to open sometime in fall 2021.

Lincoln biotech company gets $20 million venture capital investment

A Lincoln-based biopharmaceutical company announced Wednesday that it has received a $20 million venture capital investment.

The Series A investment for Adjuvance Technologies came from Morningside Venture Investments Limited, a company with offices both in the U.S. and China that has invested in dozens of startups.

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Lincoln medical device company gets $20 million venture capital investment

A medical-device company spun off from research done at the University of Nebraska announced it had received $20 million in a second round of venture capital investment Tuesday.

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Virtual Incision, the UNL spinoff co-founded by professor Shane Farritor, continues work to develop surgical robots in the group's office and lab at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

New incubator for ag, food startups opening at Innovation Campus

A new space at Nebraska Innovation Campus is dedicated to helping agriculture- and food-related startup companies.

Invest Nebraska and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development have teamed up to create the Combine Incubator, a 2,000-square-foot space in the Rise Building.

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The Combine Incubator is housed in the Rise Building at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Lincoln biotech company gets contract to improve flu vaccine

Adjuvance Technologies, a biopharmaceutical company based at Nebraska Innovation Campus, has received a contract from the government to work on improving the influenza vaccine.

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Lincoln-based biopharmceutical company Adjuvance Technologies has received a government contract to work with improving the flu vaccine.

'Each table is a small victory' - How volunteers and salvage lumber are helping flood victims

The idea came to John Ingram when he gathered with his family around their dining room table, but he didn’t know it yet.

This was a couple of months ago, when Nebraska’s rising rivers were forcing people from their homes.

“We were talking about how terrible the floods were, and how sad it was that people were losing everything — and they weren’t able to have a dinner like we’re having,” he said this week. “We were talking about how we could help. That’s what we do as neighbors, as Nebraskans. We help.”

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Will Cox (left) places a cup of in front of his dad, Brian, as they test out a table they are building at Nebraska Innovation Studio. The table, built out of reclaimed wood from Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, will be given to a family affected by the flooding this spring.

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