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For aspiring U.S. startup hubs, one of the most pressing needs isn’t just attracting and retaining talented entrepreneurs to their city, but figuring out what comes next.

While it is still very young, the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Omaha, Nebr. isn’t entirely new. The movement to rally a community around Omaha’s startups began around 2008, when serial entrepreneur Jeff Slobotski founded Silicon Prairie News to brag about fast-growing startups around the Midwest to those on the East and West Coast. A number of national media outlets began to take note of Omaha’s quiet, “put-your-nose-to-the-grindstone” entrepreneurs.

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Anna Hensel is an editorial assistant at Inc. She is a graduate of Creighton University.