Silicon Prairie News

7071_66677d197f_small July 22, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Prairie Village It's not quite back-to-school season yet, but Kansas City-based startup career finding Briefcase is getting a new look and a few new ways to interact with its users.  read more

7092_bb932c5822_small July 22, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln It's been more than three years since Nebraska passed a law creating a tax incentive for investors to back startups. But the Nebraska Angel Investment Tax Credit has a problem. Granted, it's a good problem. Each year, more investors are pulling the trigger to fund startups and take the tax credits. So much so that the annual $3 million fund has run out faster and faster. In 2012, its inaugural full year, the funds were gone by mid-July. read more

7069_60f0a3c4f6_small July 21, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Kansas City You might not find cupcakes at your typical user group meeting or hackathon, but at Kansas City Women in Technology's next event, the sweet treat will be the attendee's "coding fuel." KCWiT invites KC-area mothers and their daughters to join them for Coding & Cupcakes, a three-hour event to teach coding and website building.  read more

7084_0a85a0ec84_small July 21, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha A new startup program focused on executing a business model canvas and lean principles aims to help early-stage startups figure out if their idea is viable. The new 10-week entrepreneurial endeavor, Aksarban Innovation Initiative, is using the Lean LaunchPad to help five startups: MultiMechanics, Techno FYI, Discovery Collective, Innovative Wellness and another undisclosed company. They're about halfway through the program. read more

7090_077b44833c_small July 21, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Last week the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) awarded five startups grants or loans from the Demonstration Fund, including two Iowa tech startups. read more

7087_0ae6af16e2_small July 21, 2014 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City It's about that time. You can only procrastinate a few hours more. Nominations for the Silicon Prairie Awards end at midnight tonight. We've already had hundreds of flattering votes of confidence roll in, but if you haven't had a chance to vouch for a co-worker or colleague, now's the time. Or spread the word to have others weigh in. The clock is ticking. read more

7086_9b48224653_small July 21, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Previously applications for the annual "Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash" pitch competition were limited to American citizens. But that's no longer the case.  read more

7089_e815f3e006_small July 21, 2014 by Joey Wolfe

Omaha Kevin Rose has made innumerable entrepreneurial leaps in the tech industry throughout the years, first as the founder of Digg and today as a general partner at Google Ventures where he focuses on early-stage and seed investments. Big Omaha emcee Antonio Neves sat down with Rose to chat about meditation, past successes and the tension rising out of Silicon Valley. 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.