Silicon Prairie News

6041_60849238e7_small September 9, 2013 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln Exercise My Schedule, "a better way to manage group fitness scheduling," emerged from a field of six as the winner of Startup Weekend Lincoln. A marketing consultant by day and fitness instructor by night, Ali Schwanke came up with the idea for Exercise My Schedule. In her pitch Sunday night, Schwanke explained that her email inbox is constantly cluttered with requests from the roughly 60 instructors who ... read more

6038_88b3df8a45_small September 8, 2013 by Daniel Wheaton

Lincoln It’s over. After twelve weeks of hard work, the five companies chosen to take part in Lincoln startup accelerator NMotion’s inaugural class presented their products at Thursday's Demo Day. “We’re here to celebrate our first graduating class,” said Brian Ardinger, managing director of NMotion. “And more importantly, we have people in the room to keep the momentum going here in Nebraska... read more

6019_2636bb610c_small August 29, 2013 by Silicon Prairie News

Des Moines Not able to join us at Hoyt Sherman Place tonight for the inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards? Not a problem. You can still catch our second annual event from afar thanks to our live stream sponsored by Wellmark. **If you can make it to Hoyt Sherman by 7 p.m., come on down! Tickets are available at the door.** The awards show and community celebration gets under way tonight at 7. It'll open with brief remarks from our team followed by … read more

6013_3efd954b8d_small August 23, 2013 by Brittany Mascio

Des Moines With a bit of help from Justin Timberlake and the infographic gurus at, we're providing garment guidance to prepare for Thursday's Silicon Prairie Awards. Since this is the year of "Suit & Tie"—not only for me personally but for many who have been excited by Timberlake's boy band reunion of yesteryear—we can all learn a thing or two about style when it comes to dressing "Startup Suave" for the big night on the Prairie... read more

6002_b25f9ed763_small August 21, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines In any community there are individuals who go above and beyond. Those who put in countless extra hours, can always offer up advice with a smile and never seem to stop working to improve things. They're our community champions and ambassadors—and in the Silicon Prairie, we've got some of the best. All of those nominated for Silicon Prairie Champion and Silicon Prairie Ambassador have ... read more

6004_03a950f879_small August 21, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Des Moines They're the ones picking apart every little detail. Looking at white space or code into the wee hours of the morning. They're the designers and technologists who make the products startups create engaging and functional. The eight below are among the best we have in the Midwest ... read more

6003_f1abd1482e_small August 20, 2013 by Brittany Mascio

Last year, we learned a valuable lesson from our friends at Goodsmiths: the startups that travel together, celebrate together. Well, at least we took some sort adaptation of the phrase, when we learned the impact—and fun—of the community's bonding road trip to the Silicon Prairie Award show.  read more

5999_5debef78e7_small August 20, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Investors and service providers are the behind-the-scenes players that make it possible for startups to grow their businesses. The eight finalists in contention for Investor and Service Provider of the Year range from a husband-and-wife team making angel investments to a software development company so far behind the scenes that it hasn't gotten around to a website or logo. They all do it for a number of reasons, but all of them ... 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.