Silicon Prairie News

6120_411d64028f_small October 3, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Omaha Even though registration is full, you can watch as seven startups give their pitches—live at 7 p.m.—during Straight Shot's inaugural Demo Day. The event, which will be held at Omaha's Aksarben Cinema, will host an audience of investors, mentors, media and community members ... read more

6094_3290530d19_small September 24, 2013 by Brittany Mascio

Las Vegas In August, SPN's community leaders participated in SXSW V2V and this week the inaugural South by Southwest-produced event released its panelist videos. The experience brought together 1,500 thought leaders to "extend and re-imagine the legendary SXSW experience with an emphasis on the creative spark that drives entrepreneurial innovation." ... read more

6027_927c03eab1_small September 3, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines In case you missed the second annual Silicon Prairie Awards last Thursday—or if you just want to relive the magic—here's your chance to experience the excitement and watch all 12 golden Analogs be handed out to their very worthy recipients... read more

5989_73774fb037_small August 16, 2013 by Jeff Slobotski

Las Vegas This past week Regan Carrizales and I traveled to Las Vegas for the inaugural SXSW V2V—the newest addition to the series of South by Southwest events—where we led a few of the event's sessions. While we were there I had the pleasure of catching up with Dave Knox, co-founder of The Brandery and chief marketing officer at ... read more

5975_298c15ca4c_small August 15, 2013 by Megan Bannister

Des Moines This summer, Omaha ad agency The New BLK has teamed up with Wells Enterprise—the Le Mars, Iowa-based makers of Blue Bunny and 2nd St. Creamery ice creams—to showcase some of the Silicon Prairie's most passionate individuals. Throughout the summer, The New BLK team has been traveling with 2nd St. Creamery across the Midwest to showcase people who are turning their dreams into realities as part of the brand's "Flavor of the Scene" project ... read more

5980_cab88b5b84_small August 14, 2013 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha More recurring educational events have popped up in Omaha over the past year, each providing entrepreneurs a different dose of advice for their startup or small business. Three groups—Mastercraft Advisors, AIM and Cornstalks—still have ongoing events, with plenty of opportunities ahead to learn about business aspects such as banking, raising money or marketing... read more

5880_92cfd5371c_small July 2, 2013 by Frank Merchlewitz

Des Moines "If you think of programming and IT as the same thing, good luck hiring programmers." That advice came from Wade Arnold during his lecture at the Biz Luncheon Series June 19 in Des Moines. The 34-year-old CEO of Cedar Falls-based company Banno spoke about how to create a successful software culture... read more

5870_d9c38901f6_small June 26, 2013 by Frank Merchlewitz

Iowa City What can't 3D printers do these days? According to a recent article in the Iowa City Press Citizen, doctors can even use CT scans to print accurate models of human organs that help better prepare them for complex surgeries. Mark Ginsberg is the owner of M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art––a jewelery store in Iowa City. But he also operates a "boutique" manufacturing facility... 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.