Silicon Prairie News

4248_cc929d33dc_small June 4, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Des Moines The Business Innovation Zone announced Sunday the formation of the Plains Angels, an independent, nonprofit consortium of angel investors that plans to make investments in the areas of technology, agriculture and manufacturing. "We want to help (accredited) investors more efficiently access high-quality deal flow," said Mike Colwell (far left), director of the Business Innovation Zone, a community-sponsored, nonprofit business … read more

4249_8f976be1a4_small June 4, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Every Monday, look for our events post to keep you in the loop on the happenings of the week. From meetups and conferences to workshops and pitch sessions, if it's happening in the Silicon Prairie, you'll find it here. For more, visit our events page for a calendar of upcoming events from us and others in the region. To submit an event for consideration, please email This Week | AMA Iowa Luncheon: The Dwolla Recipe with Jordan Lampe - Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. | Dwolla: you’ve heard a lot about them. So what exactly do they do and who are they? Join us at the next AMA Iowa luncheon and learn about … read more

4241_2131d43f52_small June 1, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Lenexa EyeVerify has closed a $1.4 million seed round, Toby Rush, the startup's founder and CEO, said Thursday. Think Big Ventures, a Kansas City, Mo.-based venture fund, led the round with an investment of $250,000. The Nebraska Angels and Mid-America Angels also contributed, as did numerous individual investors. As we reported in February, Lenexa, Kan.-based EyeVerify is bringing to market software that would enable the use of cameras on mobile devices to verify identity through images of the blood veins in the whites of people's eyes. The patented technology behind EyeVerify came out of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University … read more

4234_cb21e5a8a6_small May 31, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Kansas City Nearly two months have passed since the last installment of our Gig Bits series. That gap in coverage can be explained, in part, by the fact that it's been all quiet on the Fiber front — at least from Google's side, anyway. The Kansas City Star reported earlier this month that the timetable for Fiber has been pushed back from Google's onetime deadline of June 30. “We’ll have an announcement about Google Fiber this summer,” a Google spokeswoman … read more

4173_0ec9585381_small May 30, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha A tweet earlier this month yielded a couple dozen congratulatory replies for Omaha developer Zach Leatherman. After spending six years with one of Omaha's largest corporations, Union Pacific, Leatherman (left, with wife, Traci) announced he is making a move to work with Boston-based Filament Group. The six-person design studio is, according to our tipster, John Henry Müller of What Cheer, a "force pushing the web forward." In September, for example, Filament was responsible for the … read more

4226_89f0970468_small May 29, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Following on the heels of our coverage last week of Startup Act 2.0, we happened upon an infographic that provides a visual representation of the proposed legislation and some of the statistics supporters are using in the case for adopting the Act. Unveiled last Tuesday, Startup Act 2.0 is a piece of bipartisan legislation designed to jumpstart the economy through the creation and growth of new businesses. Four U.S. Senators, including Jerry Moran of Kansas, introduced the Act, which builds on the original Startup Act … read more

4225_50cf70d484_small May 29, 2012 by Michael Stacy

Lincoln Two Lincoln-based entrepreneurs have created a tool they believe can save political campaigns precious steps in the march toward election day. Meet Footwork, a mobile application designed to make door-to-door political canvassing more efficient, enjoyable and effective with the use of technology for routing canvassers and collecting data. Footwork was created by Tegan Snyder and Phil Montag, who work together under the name Etelligence Pioneers, or Etpio. As veterans of political campaigns, Snyder and … read more

4216_118d8a71d9_small May 25, 2012 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha "Knowing when to stop is as important as knowing when to start," Megan Hunt said in a blog post published today. "And it's the right time for me to bow out." In that post, Hunt (left), the owner of CAMP Coworking, announced the immediate closure of the coworking space she opened in July 2010 in north downtown's Mastercraft building. Hunt, the 26-year-old entrepreneur behind the bridal design studio Princess Lasertron, said that CAMP was "never a … 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.