Silicon Prairie News

October 14, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Kansas City Last week the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced a $5 million pledge to The Campaign for UMKC, an initiative to build a new Free Enterprise Center on the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Volker campus. The funds will be used to help boost entrepreneurship and economic development efforts... read more

October 8, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Almost all startup founders at some point have to face the task of raising a funding round so their company can scale and grow. Naithan Jones, founder of AgLocal, has been through the process and come out alive—he'... read more

October 8, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City In August, Kansas City accelerator SparkLabKC had its inaugural demo day at the National World War I Museum in front of about 140 investors and community members. Now one of the class' first companies, Knoda, has sent its pitch to ... read more

October 8, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Des Moines-based startup Dwolla announced Monday that after three months of work, the online payment company will launch real-time payments in private beta. While the blog post announcing the launch offered few details, Dwolla CEO and founder Ben Milne did note... read more

October 7, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Kansas City Last week three members of Kansas City-based RareWire won the Kings of Code Hack Battle during The Next Web Conference in New York City. The most impressive part? The team did so using its newly released App Creation Studio... read more

October 7, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines Tailgating season is in full swing and Des Moines entrepreneur Derek Hoy has invented a way to make the sporting tradition even more fun. Through his recently launched Kickstarter campaign, Hoy hopes to raise $275,000 to begin production on the Cooler Cannon ... read more

October 3, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C.-based Revolution Ventures announced Monday that the firm closed a $200 million fund led by Steve Case—AOL co-founder, Startup America Partnership chairman and Revolution CEO—as well as Tige Savage and David ... read more

October 3, 2013 by Fred Bauters

Kansas City Football season's in full swing and the weather's getting cooler, so it's time to bust out the warmer team gear. One of the Kansas City startup community's connectors, Jason Grill, hopes you keep your feet warm ... 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.