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Lincoln is home to many successful tech startups, including Bulu Box, but a report says Nebraska ranks toward the bottom nationally in its number of such firms.

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Despite the successes of local startup companies such as Hudl, Spreetail, Bulu Box and opendorse, Nebraska lags behind other states when it comes to the effects tech startups have on the state as a whole.

According to a report released Tuesday by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Nebraska ranks toward the bottom in how many startups there are relative to other businesses in the state.

According to the report, 1.5 percent of all Nebraska businesses are startup technology firms, which is eighth lowest among all states and well below the U.S. average of 2.9 percent.

The state fares better when it comes to the percentage of jobs at tech companies. According to the report, 0.9 percent of all jobs in the state are at startup tech firms, which is slightly below the average of 1.2 percent but still better than 22 other states.

The one category where Nebraska ranks highly in the report is the average size of startup tech firms. The report says the average startup tech firm in the state has 14 employees, which is higher than the national average of 11. That's tied for eighth overall.

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