Silicon Prairie News

6980_9d2c0ffa37_small June 18, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha To open Big Omaha Thursday morning, Ryan Freitas reflected on ownership by sharing his experience with the whole startup cycle: building, launching, selling and buying back. The Big Omaha video series is brought to you by First National Bank of Omaha. read more

6975_0591cb9ea4_small June 18, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha It's only the second week of the Straight Shot accelerator, but seven startups already got advice from Dundee Venture Capital's Beth Engel and Mindmixer CEO Nick Bowden about fundraising, dealing with investors and more tips on becoming a successful business. read more

6977_7ec5591255_small June 18, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines On Wednesday Dwolla announced the latest update to its services: Dwolla Direct, which will allow users to send money over Dwolla's network without fully registering for an account. read more

6976_3c5c78587e_small June 17, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines The Iowa International Center announced today that StartupCity Des Moines principal Tej Dhawan will be named one of the organization's 2014 Passport to Prosperity honorees. The award recognizes Iowa immigrants… read more

6972_3b0101ad20_small June 17, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Kansas City The energy inside the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts was palpable Thursday as about 1,700 people poured into the space. The tittering of the crowd created a dull roar, muffled only by the many levels of the Center's atrium, still audible from inside the venue's plush auditorium. The crowd gathered not for a performance or theatrical spectacle, but instead to see a group of entrepreneurs share their story. read more

6970_e77328f88d_small June 17, 2014 by James Walmsley

Council Bluffs Black coffee once nursed artists, freethinkers and entrepreneurs during the Age of Reason only to be later drowned by a green, twin-tailed mermaid in a sea of milk and syrup. Now Très Johnson, the owner of (drips), is aspiring to breathe new life into it. “Lattes can go f*ck themselves,” Johnson said on a recent Tuesday morning after spooning coconut oil into a cup of Unicorn Blood. read more

6973_b8576f7d82_small June 16, 2014 by Julia Hogren

Des Moines The Des Moines Charity Hackathon started out as a simple idea: Wouldn't it be cool if developers could "donate" their skills to nonprofits in a fun, useful way? "We wanted to capitalize on the wealth of talent in our community by bringing together all the developers and designers and creative minds who live here, and then asking them to support charities who could use their help," Max Farrell, co-organizer of the event, told SPN. "It’s not your normal hackathon. We wanted to collaborate to build good." read more

6966_482ae654b9_small June 16, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha Starting Sept. 3, four young entrepreneurs will spend 365 days together in a Midtown Omaha home as part of residential accelerator Year of the Startup. Sabastian Hunt, organizer of Year of the Startup, hoped to get as many as 50 applications but ended up with 16. "But our list of finalists has exceeded our expectations by far in terms of strength of idea and individuals," Hunt said. "We had some great applicants that we didn't select, but we'll be offering participation in our program, minus residential facilities, to an additional two applicants." read more

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