Silicon Prairie News

6607_aaeab873d3_small March 20, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha 1 Million Cups Omaha-Lincoln took an unconventional approach to its usual weekly presentation and networking event on Wednesday. Instead of presenting a new, upcoming startup, organizers invited Jimmy Winter of VoterTide to share a "post-mortem" of what he learned through the social media analytics tool for political campaigns. VoterTide was acquired by MindMixer last February. "Do as I say, not as I do," he told the nearly 40-person audience Wednesday morning ... read more

6610_93cea542fb_small March 19, 2014 by Julia Hogren

Ankeny More than 70 students and technology professionals competed for a chance at $10,000 in cold, hard cash at the inaugural Dice Mobile Hackathon last weekend in Ankeny, Iowa. The event, held at Des Moines Area Community College Future Farmers of America Enrichment Center, kicked off quietly at 9 a.m. on Saturday with 13 teams spread across round tables full of snacks, laptops, coffee and power cords ... read more

6618_2498bb6f4b_small March 19, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Dr. James Linder will serve as interim president of the University of Nebraska system, replacing outgoing president J.B. Milliken. Linder is a long-time supporter of Midwest startups. He and his wife, Karen, head Linseed Capital, which has invested in several startups, including Bulu Box, EyeVerify, Flywheel, Nobl, SkyVu and Travefy, among others ... read more

March 19, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City Organizers announced Wednesday that, in an effort to foster entrepreneurship in Iowa, a statewide Dream Big Grow Here pitch-off will be held May 15 in conjunction with EntreFEST… read more

March 19, 2014 by Fred Bauters

St. Louis TopOPPS, the St. Louis-based startup intent on optimizing sales pipelines for companies, has received $700,000 in seed funding, including $250,000 from venture capital firm Cultivation Capital and the rest from its founder, Jim Eberlin, and private investors. ... read more

March 19, 2014 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Think Big Partners on Tuesday announced Sarah Snyder as the newest partner at the company, which produces events and hosts an accelerator and co-working space. She started in 2010 as a volunteer and then come on full time first ... read more

6595_1331bd1f51_small March 18, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines I've always been an avid reader. Whether it's a New York Times bestseller or the latest work of nonfiction from a favorite author, reading has always been a way for me to relate to others' experiences and learn something new. And it's no secret entrepreneurs love both of those things. So I got to thinking, why not get a group of startup community members together for an entrepreneurial book club? ... read more

6594_847a1c05e1_small March 18, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Thirty entrepreneurs will get a chance to speed network with subject experts from 7-9 p.m. March 26 at Aromas Coffeehouse in Benson. It kicks off the first set of events chosen during the Omaha Event Draft on Feb. 13. read more

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Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.