Silicon Prairie News

4773_08c46c151e_small September 24, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha SimplyFi, a concept for a Wi-Fi router and extender, won the fourth Startup Weekend Omaha on Sunday, beating out seven other teams. Let's Brew, an online resource and store for home brewers, and Small Potatoes Co., a marketplace for home gardeners and locavores, placed second and third, respectively. "We thought SimplyFi was a cut above the rest … read more

4770_ac304bfb57_small September 22, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha Startup Weekend Omaha is nearly 30 hours in. Its 60-some competitors have formed eight teams and spread themselves throughout The Mastercraft, occupying four offices in the North Downtown building to see their ideas through. Before those ideas were pitched Friday, Omaha co-organizer and former Startup Weekend COO Shane Reiser kicked off the event with an overview of the competition: teams have until 6 p.m. on Sunday to build a product and put together a pitch. With more … read more

4769_49c9b2f1a6_small September 22, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

The co-founders of Omaha-based eCreamery appeared Friday on ABC's Shark Tank, pitching the five "sharks" for a $250,000 investment in exchange for 33 percent of their company. "Who doesn't love ice cream?" Abby Jordan opened the pitch. "However, no one in the $23 billion ice cream industry is positioning ice cream as a gift." Ecreamery, an online custom ice cream and gelato shop, plans … read more

4765_48003b23b7_small September 21, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha Historical records suggest the existence of Daft Punk's "Technologic" predated BarCamp Omaha 2012. But after viewing the BarCamp Omaha photo booth slideshow, we could swear the song — with its funky, techy feel and perfect cadence — was created to accompany the recently released slide show. The fifth BarCamp Omaha, Nebraska's take on the international unconference, was held two weeks ago. The event drew a crowd that was larger and more diverse … read more

4757_e0323df0cf_small September 21, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City With ample Google Fiber news — like last week's announcement of the order that Kansas City's 180 fiberhoods will receive service — coming straight from the source in recent weeks, it has been some time since we checked on the ad hoc efforts surrounding the arrival of Google's ultra high-speed internet service in Kansas City. But that dearth of coverage has not been for any lack of activity on the part of the people, companies and organizations orchestrating … read more

September 21, 2012 by Kelsey Supenski

We're excited to bring you our 120th Opportunities on The Prairie today from all over the region. If you have an opportunity to add, please register your positions using our Job Board Submission form … read more

4755_40be98c96e_small September 20, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Kansas City Think Big Partners today announced the six startups accepted into the first class of its Think Big Accelerator, a 22-week program that starts Tuesday in the company's coworking space, bizperc. Each startup receives investment, mentorship and business services, an offering Think Big Partners managing partner Herb Sih said is done through a "joint venture" of three entities. Think Big Ventures, a fund recently launched by Sih and Think … read more

4756_f33924abbe_small September 20, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Iowa City Startup Weekend Iowa City is back for a second go-around Oct. 5-7, and tickets are still available for developers, designers and businesspeople. The weekend-long event, which is designed to help participants learn the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures, will take place inside the John Pappajohn Business Building (21 East Market St.) on the campus of the University of Iowa. Like at other Startup Weekend events, participants … read more

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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.