Silicon Prairie News

4719_a293c847b2_small September 12, 2012 by Christopher New

Des Moines A cadre of startup companies gathered Tuesday at StartupCity Des Moines and Dwolla's headquarters in downtown Des Moines as part of the Iowa Startup Fair, a week-long, multi-location series of events around the state to showcase Iowa entrepreneurs to the public. This was the second Startup Fair this year, with January's event attracting 105 startups and more than 400 attendees in seven locations across the state. Tuesday's event in Des Moines showcased 33 startups and drew 75 … read more

4720_a83551651f_small September 12, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines Fresh off the start of a new school year, around 40 students and recent graduates ascended on Des Moines' Silicon Sixth Avenue on Tuesday evening for our third Startup Job Crawl in the city. With more than 20 exhibiting startups across four crawl stops, the event provided students the chance to visit with companies and learn about potential internship and … read more

4717_65ff470359_small September 12, 2012 by Kate Ellingson

Lincoln Lincoln Startup Week continued Tuesday night with a business plan competition. Invest Nebraska, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development and PitchBurner partnered to create the Startup Week Idea Pitch. Participants had five minutes to share their ideas with a panel of judges for a chance to win $1,000 to help get their idea off the ground. StirList took home the top prize, continuing its rapid recent ascent. The StirList team first came together on Friday and won Startup Weekend Lincoln … read more

4715_52cdcd911e_small September 11, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Apparently hacking the Midwest proved so successful for Kansas City IT Professionals that the organization is now endeavoring to "compute" the same region. KCITP, a grassroots Kansas City tech group founded in 2008 by Michael Gelphman, announced on Friday that it will host a new conference and hackathon, called Compute Midwest, from Nov. 8-11 in Kansas City, Mo. Billed as an event "that delves into new ideas, emerging technologies and their impact on the Midwest," Compute Midwest will consist of a conference portion and a hackathon. The conference kicks off with an opening party on Nov. 8. A day full of presentations at the Kauffman Center … read more

4714_6ac4e97374_small September 11, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City They didn't shout it, per se, but Kansas City leaders took a rooftop Monday to announce news about Launch KC, a new effort to attract tech entrepreneurs and companies to the Crossroads Arts District and Greater Downtown Kansas City. Kansas City, Mo. mayor Sly James and Mayors' Bistate Innovations Team co-chairman Mike Burke led a contingent of officials who gathered for an afternoon press conference on the Barkley ad agency's rooftop deck. … read more

4713_4626297676_small September 11, 2012 by Patti Vannoy

Lincoln Hurrdat Social Media CEO Blake Lawrence pretty much summed up the kickoff party for the inaugural Lincoln Startup Week when he told the crowd: "I've been waiting six years to be at a place where there's free beer, free food, and everybody's listening to me." Hosted by The Big Plate and Innovation Connect at Blue Blood Brewing Co., Monday night's event featured beer samples from Blue Blood and an impressive buffet from from Lincoln food trucks Heoya and Nitro Burger. It also featured … read more

4702_cffc33a6db_small September 11, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha A stroll around The Slowdown on Saturday, midway through the afternoon portion of BarCamp Omaha, revealed speakers serving up a smorgasboard of presentations about personal passions. In one corner, a group enjoyed a look into the life of a "mompreneuer." A few feet away, another audience tuned in to an address about the joys of old-time radio. At the far end of the venue, a crowd took in a talk on writing real code. But as eclectic as the topics of those talks were, the crowd listening to them may … read more

4711_e995386a4a_small September 10, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Our two Startup Job Crawls this week – Tuesday in Des Moines and Wednesday in Omaha – are now free to attend thanks to the support of our sponsor, Creighton University. If you're a student (high school to grad school) or a recent graduate (one year or less) who's looking to either land an internship or connect with the region's startup community, the Startup Job Crawl is for you. Past Crawls have secured … 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.