Silicon Prairie News

Posts by Danny Schreiber
5360_edbb7cae89_small March 6, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Austin As we've done for five years now, we want to help connect those from the Silicon Prairie making the trek to Texas for South by Southwest Interactive. In past years, entrepreneurs from across the region have attended, some bringing whole teams – RecBob even had a uniform last year (left) – and others earning spots on panels. We'll be publishing a post tomorrow with those Silicon Prairie people who are on panels or throwing a party, such as the State … read more

5358_7786aa929b_small March 6, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Lincoln The University of Nebraska-Lincoln student-led entrepreneurship organization HIVE is hosting the school's first Startup Weekend this Friday-Sunday. After participation in "some of the best" Startup Weekend events … read more

5357_d2ae9a7852_small March 5, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Cloud computing infrastructure provider Appcore, which earned the top spot last year on Five Elms Capital's list of "fastest-growing companies in the middle of the country," announced today in a press release that it closed a $6 million Series B round. The new capital comes from private investors and existing investor Telephone Acquisition Company, an investment company owned by a group of Midwest-based telephone companies. The five-year-old … read more

5342_2b33f4ec07_small March 4, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Office furniture company turnstone on Friday handed out its third $20,000 office makeover in three days to wrap up the Silicon Prairie leg of Culture@Work in the Heartland competition. Traveling in a turnstone branded-bus, company representatives made stops at Des Moines startup Goodsmiths, Omaha ad agency Baily Lauerman and Kansas City, Mo. web design and development firm CremaLab to personally congratulate … read more

5338_09a47033eb_small March 4, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Cedar Rapids EntreFest!, an annual small business and entrepreneurship conference hosted by University of Northern Iowa's MyEntre.Net, takes place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa this Thursday and Friday. With new breakout sessions such as the Lean Startup Methodology and Business Model Generation, the event aims to attract founders of high-growth startups in addition to those behind small businesses. StartupCity Des Moines' Christian Renaud is set … read more

5348_45043dc19b_small March 1, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha We're excited today to announce the hiring of Megan Bannister and Fred Bauters, our new editors in Des Moines and Kansas City, respectively. Megan, whose name might be familiar as she's been a contributor since October, joins our team with a few months of school still on her plate. When she applied in January, we kindly told her we were looking for someone who could start full-time right away. … read more

5341_7517943879_small February 28, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City Think Big Partners and H&R Block's Hackovate Health competition comes to an end today as the finalists present their ideas on stage at Union Station in Kansas City. The competition, which was announced in November, challenges entrepreneurs to dream up an online or mobile app that could help consumers navigate today's health care landscape. … read more

5337_694136ba79_small February 27, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

West Des Moines The creators of the energy-harnessing soccer ball SOCCKET and fashion brand F.U.B.U. are among the featured keynote speakers at Des Moines Area Community College West Campus' Celebrate! Innovation Week next month. The event, which runs March 4-7, is free and open to the public. Now in its third year, Celebrate! Innovation Week aims to engage students in a focused context outside of their studies to help them see the value and process of innovation, according to the event website. Classes at the West Des Moines community college … read more

5332_19e37056de_small February 26, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines The Des Moines Register on Sunday published six stories to kick off its new "Starting Up Iowa" series that focuses on startup communities throughout the state of Iowa. The first package of stories took a close look at a northeast Iowa startup community defined by Waterloo and Cedar Falls. "The Cedar Valley has some key ingredients for a vibrant technology and startup scene: UNI's incubator programs; new and advanced-stage … read more

5334_a0dbb77c36_small February 26, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City A competition focused on the emerging field of service design kicks off in Kansas City on Friday. The Kansas City Service Jam, the local iteration of the Global Service Jam, begins Friday at Red Nova Labs before moving to the Google Fiber Space on Saturday and Sunday. The event starts with the unveiling of an abstract theme – teams worldwide are given the same theme – and then teams are set loose … read more

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