Silicon Prairie News

August 19, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Pipeline, the Midwest-based business leadership development program and network of entrepreneurs, announced today it has opened applications for its 2014 Fellowship. The program invites roughly 10 Fellows each year, targeting entrepreneurs whose companies are entering a growth stage. After ... read more

August 16, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Earlier this week the Kauffman Foundation and Engine—a technology policy coalition—released a list of the top 10 metro areas with the highest startup density. While no Silicon Prairie cities garnered spots in the top 10, Sioux Falls, S.D. and Ames, Iowa served as the region's representation... read more

August 14, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City It's not every day the FBI comes a-knocking. So it's understandable that Ben Barreth was unnerved when a Homes for Hackers tenant from the startup sent him a message that a special agent had stopped by: "Nothing to worry about though, he's just reaching out... read more

August 12, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Sioux Falls Sioux Falls, S.D.-based visual marketing firm today announced the launch of iOS app Full. Want to start exercising more? Bike to work? Call your mom once a week? The app allows users to set monthly goals and visually track their progress through its "stoplight indicators." … read more

5974_5b6d43f3fc_small August 12, 2013 by Jeff Slobotski

This week, Regan Carrizales and I will be in Las Vegas to participate in SXSW V2V. This is the inaugural year of SXSW V2V, a South by Southwest-produced event with the goal to bring together more than 1,500 thought leaders to "extend and re-imagine the legendary SXSW experience with an emphasis on the creative spark that drives entrepreneurial innovation." Regan on Tuesday will be moderating a panel discussing diversity in entrepreneurship titled "UP Global Live … read more

August 7, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Marion Representatives of Marion, Iowa-based company Syncbak appeared in federal court in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday to request that Judge Jon Scoles dismiss document requests made by New York startup Aereo. The company, which allows users to watch local broadcast television online … read more

August 6, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Spencer Almost one year after the project's initial announcement, StartupCity Spencer officially opened its doors Monday. Located at Gary's on the River in Spencer, Iowa—a town of fewer than 12,000... read more

August 1, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Three Silicon Prairie companies entered. Only one could win Dream Big America's first monthly competition on its national radio show. Looky Loo Light, whose product is a flashing-light accessory for professional photographers that holds a child's ... 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.