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6608_72708c379b_small March 20, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Ames With 21 days to go, Evan Balster has already exceeded his $20,000 Kickstarter goal for imitone, an app for PC and Mac that turns your voice into musical notes in real-time. The project, which was 50 percent funded after only 27 hours, was fully funded within a week. Imitone acts as a MIDI (music instrument digital interface) solution and requires no setup ... read more

December 5, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Ames Students at Iowa State University are learning it doesn't take a huge investment to launch a successful business venture. This semester Andreea Kiss, assistant professor of management at ISU, gave each student group in her course a $5 ... read more

6241_facbc8dba8_small November 15, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Ames This week, two Ames, Iowa-based startups—My Online Camp and Tourney Machine—announced a strategic alliance in the hopes of better serving recreational sporting communities ... read more

6172_a5758ca9de_small October 18, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Ames The Iowa Economic Development Authority announced Friday that it will award WebFilings—a cloud-based financial reporting software ... read more

6106_11b9ec4ad8_small September 30, 2013 by Guest Contributor

Ames As our bus screeched in to Ann Arbor, Mich., surrounded by the darkness of late evening and a harassing light drizzle, I nervously guided our group into Michigan Stadium to check them in. We were only eight hours into an amazing weekend but I was already breathing a sigh of relief. We made it ... read more

5814_5219b650a8_small July 3, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Ames For more than 10 years, Rob Lynch and his brother, Tom, have operated their own software company, creating custom applications for existing businesses. But with their latest venture, TourneyMachine—a web-based application that helps manage and organize tournaments for youth sports—the pair is ... read more

5770_92070a983d_small May 30, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Ames Students at Iowa State University are proving that entrepreneurship doesn't just belong in the business school. In November 2012, the university's Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization was given the Campus "E-Diffusion" Award by its governing organization, an entrepreneurship network with more than 240 chapters. The award recognizes the chapter that has done the most to get students from all colleges of the university involved … read more

5585_6b980f46e0_small April 29, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Ames Students took home $1,400 in prizes at the second annual Innovation Pitch Competition April 9 at the Delta Upsilon Fraternity on the Iowa State University campus. Hosted by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community, the event provided thirty-one students, ranging from freshmen to graduate students, an opportunity to practice their entrepreneurial pitch skills. Silicon Prairie News' Geoff Wood served as one of the competition's ... read more

5566_cb95fc50c4_small April 15, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Ames Stinky Flowers Co. enjoyed a smell of sweet success at the first Startup Weekend Ames on Sunday. The group of four beat out six other teams to take the top prize. With the tagline, "Cheap flowers that make your girlfriend say: 'At least he remembered,' " the team set out to connect "economical flower shoppers" with florists who need to dispose of expiring inventory. The resulting service helps potential last-minute flower shoppers snag … read more

5560_bdd00a7fd1_small April 14, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Ames Tune in to Startup Weekend Ames this evening at 5 to watch a live stream of the weekend's seven teams as they pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. Judges for the … read more

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