Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005. Lincoln and Nebraska as a whole have typically done a good job, at least compared with the region, in attracting venture capital. But that was not the case last year, according to the latest State Funding Report for the Silicon Prairie released last week. While the report showed that the amount of venture funding deployed in the region grew 34.5% last year, it plummeted in Nebraska. The state only garnered $14.33 million in 2018, down 85% from 2017, and the lowest amount of any of the 14 states covered in the report. The report noted that while Nebraska overperformed in 2017 thanks largely to one deal — a $30 million investment in Hudl — 2018′s total was still below what was expected. The report noted that the weakness seen in 2018 funding in Nebraska may be part of a trend of fewer companies receiving venture capital for the first time, referred to as “first fundings.” According to the report, there were 51 first fundings in the state from 2012-2015 but only 23 from 2016 through last year, including only si...