Silicon Prairie News

6696_49af9cff33_small April 11, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Kansas State University's College of Business Administration is now accepting applications for its inaugural Launch a Business program. The program will deliver courses, research and mentorship to new ventures. Up to 10 high-potential startup ventures or concepts will be selected for participation in the five-session summer program… read more

6693_9b8763741a_small April 10, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City This summer eastern Iowa will have more than one accelerator program of sorts. The Iowa Startup Accelerator may kick off later this summer, but the University of Iowa doesn't want students to miss out on the action ... read more

April 10, 2014 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Think Big Partners announced today on their blog that the group will be moving their operations this fall. Granted, it's only a block away… read more

6686_bd2407b924_small April 9, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Eastern Iowa startups stole the show at the Technology Association of Iowa's ninth annual Prometheus Awards Wednesday evening in Des Moines. Higher Learning Technologies, Banno, ClusterFlunk and TelePharm all took home honors from the annual Iowa-focused awards. Coralville-based HLT won Best Mobile Application ... read more

6687_5c17914b67_small April 9, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Omaha 1 Million Cups was created to network and introduce entrepreneurs to other startups, but Omaha-Lincoln’s version continues to evolve, sharing others’ stories in the ecosystem. Beth Engel and Mark Hasebroock of Dundee Venture Capital presented Wednesday to a crowd of 40 at Mammel Hall on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. “The business of venture capital, not many know what it is,” Hasebroock said ... read more

6685_450a456e88_small April 9, 2014 by Fred Bauters

San Francisco is making good use of its temporary migration west. In late January, the KC-based civic startup joined the Tumml accelerator in San Francisco—wrapping up May 6. A couple weeks ago, CEO Jase Wilson jumped last-minute into Global Innovator Competition, a pitch contest at the Global Technology Symposium. He called it a gut decision to apply two hours before the deadline, scanning a few weeks worth of emails. Turns out it was the right call ... read more

April 9, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines A new investment fund called Nestmint, announced today, will bridge the gap from idea to proof of concept for some of Iowa's earliest stage startups. Tej Dhawan and Mike Colwell, on behalf of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, ... read more

6679_1049809140_small April 8, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Osage In a town like Osage, Iowa—with a population of just more than 3,600—you wouldn't expect to find one of the most widely used resources for art educators ... 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.