Silicon Prairie News

4690_194bdaf384_small September 6, 2012 by Paige Yowell

Kansas City Kansas City startup PlanetReuse has been selected as one of 12 recipients of a $250,000 grant from the Chase and LivingSocial program Mission: Small Business. The company, which we last covered in June, was chosen from a pool of close to 70,000 applicants from across the U.S. During the application process, owners of businesses that had been operating for at least two years with less than 100 employees were required to answer … read more

4693_46a44ccedb_small September 6, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Mission Woods Pollenware (C2FO), a Mission Woods, Kan. company that calls itself the "global market for working capital," on Wednesday announced it has raised a $9.1 … read more

4661_60548809c9_small September 5, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Columbia Startup Weekend will make its second appearance in middle Missouri Sept. 28-30. Startup Weekend Columbia … read more

4688_1475e42861_small September 5, 2012 by Geoff Wood

Omaha On top of announcing the 12 winnners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards last week, we also revealed a bit of news about the event. In August 2013, the event will take place in Des Moines, and in August 2014, it will happen in Kansas City. Our goal in creating the Silicon Prairie Awards was to facilitate a night for the region's startup community to come together and celebrate the past year. The ability to recognize 48 individuals and companies … read more

4665_c89ca4dee2_small September 5, 2012 by Annie Sorensen

Kansas City Sparking the growth of the Kansas City entrepreneurial community, one cup of coffee at a time, is the goal behind 1 Million Cups, a new education program from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. "The Kauffman Foundation's entrepreneurship team developed 1 Million Cups as a way to engage Kansas City's entrepreneurs on a weekly basis, educate the community about the great startups in Kansas City, and to hopefully accelerate … read more

4617_38325bf581_small September 5, 2012 by Paige Yowell

Columbia The genesis of Book’d, an online booking and scheduling engine, revolved around one simple theme, which it aims to remedy: Wasted time. “We recognized that too much time was wasted. Period. Whether it was wasted trying to match schedules or an hour of time was left without a purpose, the problem existed,” said Emily Eldridge, the CEO of the Columbia, Mo.-based startup. “Our goal in creating Book'd is to create more time for people by removing the complexities of scheduling it.” Founded by Jamie Stephens, Book’d targets service-based small … read more

4687_9a2ac3a62c_small September 5, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha If you missed our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards event last week, here's your chance to watch the 12 "golden Analogs" handed out to companies and individuals for their business achievements and community contributions over the past year. The two videos below – each showcasing six awards – contain presenters describing award criteria, providing overviews of finalists and announcing winners. The videos also feature the 12 winners' … read more

4682_54a8fca744_small September 4, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Omaha We asked for startup suave. And, boy, did you ever deliver. The dress code for Thursday's Silicon Prairie Awards was intentionally vague. You see, entrepreneurs aren't particularly renowned for their ability to take orders or conform to other people's rules, so when it came time to determine a dress code for our inaugural awards, we figured, "Why bother?" The result of that apathy was an eye-catching array of interpretations of startup … 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.