Silicon Prairie News

6532_c8665aa812_small February 28, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln A bill in the Nebraska legislature would create a $50,000 study to examine ways to support and increase venture capital in the state, including an analysis of best practices in other states. If the bill passes, the study would be completed by December and provide recommendations for future policy suggestions. The same bill, LB1114, also extends the Business Innovation Act's expiration date by five years to December 2021 ... read more

6517_1820810f3d_small February 28, 2014 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln It was a gloomy, wet evening in Dublin when Terence Bowden's phone rang as he left work at 7 p.m. to walk to the train in the rain. His former boss was calling from sunny Arizona. Would he be interested in hopping the pond to start an accelerator in the middle of America at the University of Nebraska's new Nebraska Innovation Campus (NIC)? "Yeah, I could be interested," he said ... read more

February 28, 2014 by Silicon Prairie News

Every week, Silicon Prairie News presents opportunities in the region's tech, startup and creative community. From a contract job to a co-founder role, these positions are submitted by startups and larger firms… read more

6529_2730a6fac2_small February 27, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha A Silicon Valley technologist for more than 20 years, Jason Johnson’s career is marked with accomplishments that help make the world a more connected place. Jason is the co-founder and CEO of August, the makers of the sleek Smart Lock that gives consumers a secure, simple and social way to manage the locks of their home or office electronically and remotely. Now he joins the slate of Big Omaha speakers with a depth of knowledge and experience that we think will elevate you in your own endeavors… read more

6524_712c1b290b_small February 27, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

St. Louis The Capital Innovators accelerator, the longest-running in St. Louis, starts its sixth class this month. We caught up with director Scott Bernstein this week to tell us more about the program, the STL startup scene and the five new startups ... read more

6523_50c340f8d8_small February 27, 2014 by Caleb Ulffers

Omaha The Big Omaha experience isn't contained to the stage. It continues down the halls, at parties, on your phone and in the streets as artists display unique works of art and exhibits. These enhance the connection and feel of the conference, encouraging openness, interaction and collaboration ... read more

6383_a28fe89cc5_small February 27, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Sioux City Unless you're craving a Pepsi or in need of a snack for the road, pay-at-the-pump capabilities have eliminated most drivers' need for gas station convenience stores. But that doesn't mean gas station chains aren't hard at work trying to figure out how to drive customers back inside. Now Blake Anderson and Sean Richardson, the Sioux City, Iowa-based duo behind development firm RXA Technology, may have a solution. One of their latest offerings, Pushlee, allows gas stations to send push notifications ... read more

6527_38ca59abb0_small February 26, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines The Technology Association of Iowa this week announced the finalists for the 2014 Prometheus Awards, which will be held April 9 in Des Moines. With 93 nominations submitted across the Awards' 13 categories, TAI says the showing for ... read more

The polls are open!

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.