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6701_d037529d6f_small April 15, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City Next month, 3 Day Startup will bring its weekend-long event to Iowa. The international organization, focused on building entrepreneurial communities on college campuses, will select 40 students from around the region to participate in the first Iowa-based 3 Day Startup event. The event is 4 p.m. on Friday, May 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the University of Iowa's Pappajohn Business Building. While 3 Day Startup is only open to accepted participants ... read more

6693_9b8763741a_small April 10, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City This summer eastern Iowa will have more than one accelerator program of sorts. The Iowa Startup Accelerator may kick off later this summer, but the University of Iowa doesn't want students to miss out on the action ... read more

6678_d1c9d5e97b_small April 8, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City On Saturday morning, more than 50 entrepreneurs, students and members of the community gathered in the University of Iowa's Pappajohn Business Building for a common purpose—the inaugural Mission Creek Tech + Innovation conference. The one-day conference featured local and national speakers, including David Gould of the Downtown Project in Las Vegas, Chad Whitacre of Gittip, the PearDeck ... read more

March 19, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City Organizers announced Wednesday that, in an effort to foster entrepreneurship in Iowa, a statewide Dream Big Grow Here pitch-off will be held May 15 in conjunction with EntreFEST… read more

6586_fd6bf1563d_small March 14, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City From non-descript collections of cables and wires to startup founders holding laptops, the Internet is full of bad business-themed stock photos. And at some point, most entrepreneurs have encountered them. "Stock photos rank among our least favorite things ever," Sculpt's Josh Krakauer told Silicon Prairie News. "But there's almost no way around it. We do so much with photography and refuse to publish anything ... read more

6561_d4801ac8e1_small March 7, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Iowa City (Guest post by Roby Miller) Startups are hard work, and most startups fail. Some people compare startups to rollercoasters because of the highs and lows you will inevitably experience. I can tell you firsthand that the lows will keep you from sleeping and the highs will keep you working through the night. Either way, you won't get enough sleep… read more

6542_45e04e51d6_small March 3, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City For the last 14 years, Josh Cramer's Iowa City-based development firm has gone by the name of Cramer Dev. But as the team has grown to 14 and his company changed, Cramer began to re-evaulate and ... read more

6528_8632fc7162_small March 3, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City With increasingly fast Internet speeds and a growing ability for real-time interactions, innovations in technology are changing the game in traditional education. Now Iowa City, Iowa-based startup Pear Deck is harnessing that technology to help teachers better engage with their students. "What makes it really exciting is that one of the problems for any teacher, especially as class sizes continue to grow, is how you engage all students in a lesson," Michal Eynon-Lynch told Silicon Prairie News ... read more

6478_1948360f5b_small February 12, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City For eight years now, music lovers, artists and creatives of all sorts have gathered in Iowa City, Iowa, for one purpose: the Mission Creek Festival, an annual week-long event that features a variety of concerts, comedic performances, literary readings, film screenings, public lectures and myriad other cultural events. But this year, organizers are adding one more element: a tech conference ... read more

6476_bd21940504_small February 11, 2014 by Julia Hogren

Iowa City Imagine getting the tenth punch on a “Buy 9, Get 1 Free” rewards card at your favorite coffee shop, only to lose the tiny paper card before you can redeem your free drink. With Iowa City startup BlendCard, you’ll never miss out on a customer loyalty benefit again. The company’s tag line is “free stuff all over town—one card in your pocket.” ... read more

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