The Silicon Prairie Awards celebrate community, so bring your team
The event begins at 6 p.m. on August 30. Taking place at the Joslyn Art Museum, it opens and closes with cocktail receptions. From 7-9, attendees gather in the grand theater for the revealing of the winners and a keynote speech from David Cohen, the founder and CEO of TechStars. Cohen will share his insights on building a startup community.
With community in mind, we're offering a discount to startups. A startup ticket costs $25, but if you purchase a pack of five tickets, the fifth ticket is free.
Here's an overview of the evening's venue, schedule and other important details:
Joslyn Art Museum
Built in 1931, the Joslyn Art Museum (above) is the venue for the inaugural awards. This gorgeous Art Deco building holds a collection of more than 11,000 works representing artists and cultures from antiquity to the present. Ticket holders will enter its grand staircase and mix and mingle in the Storz Fountain Court.
6 p.m. - Opening Reception sponsored by Bellevue University
Doors open at 6 p.m., and festivities begin in the Storz Fountain Court (above). At the opening reception, which is presented by Bellevue University, attendees will enjoy a complimentary drink and spread of hors d'oeuvres. This hour-long reception will also feature our Startup Alley, an opportunity for nine Silicon Prairie startups to demo their products.
7 p.m. - Awards celebration
Following the opening reception, attendees will progress into the Witherspoon Concert Hall (above) for the awards celebration. After a few words from the Silicon Prairie News team, our presenters will hand out the highly-anticipated hardware. At the midway point, our keynote speaker, David Cohen, will take the stage to share his insights on a startup community.
Keynote speaker: David Cohen, TechStars
Based in Bouder, Colo., Cohen has built one of the nation's most respected startup accelerators. Cohen also has exhibited great passion for building entrepreneurial communities. When he takes the stage at the Joslyn, he'll share lessons learned from TechStars and Boulder.
To learn more about Cohen, see our previous post: "Hear TechStars founder David Cohen at the Silicon Prairie Awards event".
9 p.m. - Closing Party presented by Hudl
The closing party presented by Hudl will put an exclamation point on the big night as ticket holders enjoy drinks and a complimentary snack bar. Starting immediately after the awards celebration, the party will be held in the Storz Fountain Court.
Who should come and what should you wear?
All are invited. There's room for more than 500 people, and we plan to pack the place. Whether you're the CEO of a startup or the newest hire, an angel investor or a VC, an educator or a mentor, or just an enthusiast from afar. We hope you'll join us for this new annual celebration. And for those wondering, the evening's attire is startup suave.