Silicon Prairie News

6061_8a8eb563ff_small September 15, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Columbia It's that time. Tune in from 5-8 p.m. for Startup Weekend Columbia's final pitches live from Museao. Teams have been prepping since Friday—with the help of some Taco Bell—to come out ... read more

6060_39c0166a1d_small September 15, 2013 by Sarah Darby

Columbia The third year of Startup Weekend Columbia, held at Museao, is well on its way after the first full day of work Saturday ... read more

6050_a91cbeab1c_small September 11, 2013 by Sarah Binder

Cedar Rapids After a quiet few months, John Schnipkoweit, CEO of, publicly discussed his experience with the Nike+ Accelerator and the pivot away from RecBob for the first time on Tuesday night. Schnipkoweit's talk focused on interpersonal relationships. Using Robin Thicke's summer hit "Blurred Lines," he emphasized how situations can get blurry when employees become housemates... read more

6045_9a7f3e609f_small September 10, 2013 by Kara Tabor

Columbia It’s that time of year again, when Columbia’s eager and willing come together for a weekend of unbridled creativity and collaboration channeled to build viable startup ventures. Entering its third year, Startup Weekend Columbia will once again take place at Museao this week. The weekend—using the formula developed by the international Startup Weekend program ... read more

6039_ed478761b0_small September 10, 2013 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln Those who attended the inaugural Lincoln Startup Week last year will remember the breathless excitement that surrounded it. Organizers and attendees alike seemed a bit awestruck whenever they talked about how the week had rather spontaneously come together. "It just sort of happened," said Social Assurance's Ben Pankonin while presenting Startup Weekend Lincoln prizes on Sunday night. In its sophomore turn, the week has grown up a bit, expanding to 17 events spread over nine days, including Monday night's ... read more

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

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Winners will be announced live on stage at
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