Silicon Prairie News

6632_634ce55501_small March 25, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha After hearing the buzz stemming from Big Omaha’s first year, Jake Stutzman knew he would not miss his opportunity to attend in 2010. Focused on bringing together creatives, innovators and entrepreneurs, a conference like this was new to the region ... read more

6629_929cf061d2_small March 25, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Kansas City Last fall, the Kansas City Startup Village's inaugural MECA Innovation Challenge tasked high school and college students with creating tech solutions for area startups. Now the event is helping even more students toward entrepreneurial success. With funds from MECA, ISAK—Information Systems Association of KU—is able to send 14 students on a two-day networking trip to Seattle ... read more

6611_a892ae5836_small March 25, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha An Omaha-based dev shop has created a franchise audit mobile app that helps big brands get a consistent product throughout its multiple locations. Omaha-area franchises beta-tested the app before it was officially launched earlier this month at the International Franchise Convention in New Orleans ... read more

6631_f420bb26ae_small March 25, 2014 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Quote I might have said: “They ought to take chances. Not taking chances will lead to a life of colorless mediocrity. They’ll be comfortable. But something in their spirit will be missing.” — Carlos Hortas, Dean of Yale University (So I didn't say it, but sounds like me.) read more

6621_ea92eed6dc_small March 25, 2014 by Kate Brosseau

Kansas City Roughly an hour and a half from his office in the Kansas City Startup Village, EyeVerify CEO and founder Toby Rush was trained in the art of entrepreneurship. It wasn't in a classroom or under the wing of a seasoned business icon, but in the fields of his family's farm in Severance, Kan. ... read more

6626_a42fbc6846_small March 24, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Kansas City More than 150 members of the Kansas City startup community joined the Silicon Prairie News team this past Thursday for the city’s first meetup of 2014. It's an exciting time for the community, as this month saw the first round of Mobile Health Techstars welcomed to the Sprint Accelerator. Held in the Sprint Accelerator's new building, guests had the chance to tour much of the facility and see first-hand where the Techstars teams will be working over the next 10 weeks. Most of the teams were on hand ... read more

6630_0d3ed65804_small March 24, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Austin (Guest post by Ryan O'Connell) Often nicknamed “spring break for entrepreneurs,” SXSW is increasingly becoming a party rather than a conference. But don’t be fooled by its massive size or fun atmosphere, it’s still a serious opportunity. Startup founders trek to Austin annually in hopes of becoming the new GroupMe or Twitter ... read more

6628_27e7fc69c6_small March 24, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha Chase Jarvis was finishing up a degree in philosophy with a plan to transition to medical school when his grandfather passed away. Having been a hobbyist photographer, he left all his equipment to his grandson. Chase was inexperienced yet intrigued, unaware of how dramatically this new hobby would impact his life’s trajectory ... read more

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