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Nominations for the second annual Silicon Prairie Awards are now open. Taking place August 29 in Des Moines, the awards will recognize 12 companies and individuals for their outstanding products, strong leadership and noteworthy contributions to the community between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

The goal of these awards is to celebrate the region’s startup community…

Ryan Downs and Macy Koch announce the winner of the 2012 New Startup of the Year Award.

Nominations for the second annual Silicon Prairie Awards are now open. Taking place August 29 in Des Moines, the awards will recognize 12 companies and individuals for their outstanding products, strong leadership and noteworthy contributions to the community between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.

The goal of these awards is to celebrate the region’s startup community, acknowledging the talented designers and developers, startup-friendly service providers, strong community advocates and others that call this place home. All but one category requires that the company or individual is based in the Silicon Prairie.

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The window for nominations closes July 26 at 11:59 p.m. After that, a committee representing a cross section of the region’s startup ecosystem will select four finalists in each category. Winners will be selected by a combination of a popular vote on Silicon Prairie News and votes from committee members.

The process culminates the evening of August 29 at the Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, where the winners will be announced live on stage. This event features a keynote by The Brandery co-founder Dave Knox, an opening and closing reception and, of course, a few surprises. Stay tuned for more announcements on Silicon Prairie News in the coming weeks.

Rules: See bottom of this post for the complete rules of the Silicon Prairie Awards.

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Rules

The Silicon Prairie Awards celebrate Internet startups, investors, service providers and other startup community members in the Silicon Prairie.

To be eligible for the awards, companies or individuals must be headquartered or reside in the Silicon Prairie,* a region that is defined by its three flagship cities of Omaha, Des Moines and Kansas City, but includes the surrounding area: as far north as Sioux Falls, S.D. and Cedar Falls, Iowa; as far east as Iowa City, Iowa and Columbia, Mo.; as far south as the southernmost reaches of the Kansas City metro area; and as far west as Manhattan, Kan. and Lincoln, Neb.

The awards are given in recognition of business achievements and community contributions between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. Selection of the finalists and winners is the result of community voting (via Silicon Prairie News’ website) and a selection committee representing a cross section of the region’s startup ecosystem. The committee will select four finalists per award category. Each finalist is invited to attend the award ceremony.

Companies and individuals may be nominated for more than one award and also may be finalists or winners in more than one category. Sponsors of Silicon Prairie News are eligible for the awards but will not be given special consideration. Everyone, regardless of geographic location, is invited to nominate companies and vote for the winner. There is no cost to submit an award nomination or to cast a vote. Silicon Prairie News reserves the right to discard any and all votes that are reasonably determined to be fraudulent.

The award winners will be selected through a popular vote on Silicon Prairie News’ website (one vote per category per IP address per day) and the selection committee. The winners will be announced at the Silicon Prairie Awards on August 29 in Des Moines.

*The Silicon Prairie Ambassador award requires that the individual no longer reside in the region but either have been born in or have strong ties to it.


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Sponsor the Silicon Prairie Awards: We’re looking for companies that would like to get up in front of hundreds of entrepreneurs, innovators and startups. If you’d like to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities for the awards, contact Regan Carrizales at regan@siliconprairienews.com.


Hat tip to the folks behind the Seattle 2.0 Awards who set an example for an awesome awards event showcasing a community.

Credits: Photo by Malone & Company.

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