Silicon Prairie News

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

6678_d1c9d5e97b_small April 8, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City On Saturday morning, more than 50 entrepreneurs, students and members of the community gathered in the University of Iowa's Pappajohn Business Building for a common purpose—the inaugural Mission Creek Tech + Innovation conference. The one-day conference featured local and national speakers, including David Gould of the Downtown Project in Las Vegas, Chad Whitacre of Gittip, the PearDeck ... read more

6633_7277ae221f_small April 8, 2014 by Silicon Prairie News

In the middle of the country, our nascent startup community is building muscle and growing taller. It's taken a few years to put on the healthy fat of community awareness, seed funding and mentorship to get that muscle, but people on the coasts are starting to see us over the corn stalks. We all know the "why" behind this momentum, whether it's a strong sense of community, collaboration among entrepreneurs, quality of life or low cost of living ... read more

6677_78459158c6_small April 7, 2014 by Jordan Pascale

Lincoln DigiWidgets, a service that customizes sites, won Lincoln's first Jumpstart Challenge Saturday. About 30 people attended the judging finale at Lincoln's Hyatt Place Saturday where three teams pitched. The concept was created because many people have a hard time learning photoshop and customizing websites, said Jumpstart Challenge judge Brian Ardinger ... 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.