Silicon Prairie News

3552_e5522033de_small February 3, 2012 by Amy Engle

Under usual circumstances, taking a class through Stanford University from a professor who is one of the top 10 "Influencers of Silicon Valley" would first involve getting accepted into the university, finding a way to get there and lastly, paying a high tuition or per class fee. Thanks to Coursera, an online learning startup founded by two Stanford professors, you can now take a class taught by serial entrepreneur Steve Blank without ever leaving … read more

3573_c501a40d4f_small February 3, 2012 by Christopher New & Michael Stacy

Des Moines As we reported in a story published Thursday, more than 400 people attended Iowa’s first Startup Fair, held Wednesday evening in six venues across the state. Designed to create valuable connections between the startup and broader business communities, the free event included exhibits from more than 100 … read more

3561_5c1d4c87d0_small February 1, 2012 by Christopher New

Des Moines Given the record temperatures on the last day of January, Tuesday evening's Iowa Startup Fair could probably have been held outdoors at the state fairgrounds. But since meteorologists' predictive powers are still far short of Nostradamus, the crowd at StartupCity Des Moines, Amici and other area locations would have to just crack some windows to approximate that fairground feeling. As it was, six locations between Des Moines, Pella and Cedar Rapids opened as public, free exhibition … read more

3554_4aa2439129_small January 31, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

In conjunction with the one-year anniversary of Startup America Partnership today, the four states of the Silicon Prairie will each be "started up" by day's end. In December, StartupIowa launched, on Friday, Startup Nebraska became official, and today, Startup Kansas and Startup Missouri will hold events to kick off their efforts. Headquartered in Washington D.C., the Startup America Partnership is a non-profit encouraging high-growth entrepreneurship in the United States. … read more

3540_41b8fdedee_small January 30, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Des Moines Business Innovation Zone in Des Moines, led by Mike Colwell, holds a monthly educational luncheon for entrepreneurs in Central Iowa. Titled "Business Insights and Networking Luncheon Series," each event features a speaker from the Des Moines community with either expertise or thought leadership in an area that's applicable to people working on building high growth and scalable businesses. … read more

3529_1424238635_small January 27, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Overland Park From interludes for performance art to an auction of high-dollar paintings and sculptures, Pipeline's Innovator of the Year (IOTY) celebration oozed artistic expression. But there was no tableau more telling nor sound more significant than the site of the dozen people that took center stage at night's end and the label Pipeline CEO Joni Cobb assigned to those 12: Pipeline's first regional class. Pipeline, the Kansas-based entrepreneurship immersion program … read more

3525_f11c69bce0_small January 27, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Overland Park As he embarked on his presentation, the last of 10 given Thursday at Pipeline's Innovator of The Year pitch session at the Overland Park (Kan.) Convention Center, Michael O'Shaughnessy cracked wise about the disparate nature of his company, a marketplace for selling transferable tax credits, and the company that had presented just … read more

3506_3c32367741_small January 25, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Washington, D.C. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will host its third annual State of Entrepreneurship Address on Feb. 9 to explore methods of promoting entrepreneurship, sparking innovation and accelerating economic growth through changes in state law and policy. The event will be held in Washington, D.C., but it will have a distinct Silicon Prairie flavor … 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.