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After literally thousands of votes, the input of a handful of judges and a lot of creative social media campaigns, all of you dressed to the nines and joined us Thursday evening at Kansas City’s Midland Theatre to see who would be deemed the best of the Prairie. Now we’re excited to share with you who will be giving each of our beloved Golden Analogs a new home.
From hundreds of nominees to 56 finalists, 13 winners emerged. Below you’ll find a quick overview of the startups and individuals who took home this year’s Silicon Prairie Awards.
2014 Silicon Prairie Awards winners
Startup of the Year — MindMixer
Fellow finalists: Bulu Box, Higher Learning Technologies, opendorse and Travefy
New Startup of the Year — Pear Deck
Fellow finalists: Briefcase, Knoda, Nobl and Pushlee
Best Creation — ShotTracker
Fellow finalists: Bawte, Blumoo, Ocuvera and Social Media Monitor by Social Assurance
Executive of the Year — Toby Rush, EyeVerify
Fellow finalists: David Chait, Travefy; Nick Bowden, MindMixer; Paul Jarrett, Bulu Box; and Wade Arnold, Banno
Technologist of the Year — Caitlin Bales, Bulu Box
Fellow finalists: Adam England, Knoda; Chris Davis, Travefy; Timothy Braun, opendorse; and Zach Hilbert, CouponCloud
Designer of the Year — Katie Hottovy, Nobl
Fellow finalists: Ben Sinclair, Offspring; Jared Krause, Think Big Partners; Kelly Tomlinson, CremaLab; and Mark Palmer, Far Reach
Student Entrepreneur of the Year — Ryan Martinez
Fellow finalists: Blake Rupe, Brent Comstock, Coral and Spectator
Investor of the Year — Built by Iowa
Fellow finalists: Dundee Venture Capital, Linseed Capital, Nebraska Angels and OpenAir Equity Partners
Service Provider of the Year — University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
Fellow finalists: Advent IP, Bart Dillashaw, Chris Brown and Sculpt
Silicon Prairie Champion — Brian Ardinger, David Tominsky & Kevin McGinnis
Fellow finalists: Geoff Wood, Jennifer Wadella and Sumeet Jain
Best Culture — Bulu Box
Fellow finalists: Dewsly, MindMixer, Pack and SquareOffs
Stay tuned in the coming days for comments from the winners, photos from the orange carpet and more from the 2014 Silicon Prairie Awards.