After thousands of votes and the input of an awesome panel of judges, more than 350 guests from across the Silicon Prairie gathered Thursday evening at Lincoln’s Rococo Theatre to see who would be deemed the best of the Prairie.
From hundreds of nominees to 62 finalists, 13 winners emerged. Take a look below to see which startups and individuals gave our beloved Golden Analogs a new home.
The 2015 Silicon Prairie Awards Winners
Best Creation of the Year — Bulu Box
Fellow finalists: Bugeater Foods, Inside Outside Podcast, ECJC and Viirt
Service Provider of the Year — Bart Dillashaw
Fellow finalists: Tyson Benson, Matt Poulsen, Greg Kratofil and Drew Larson
Investor of the Year — Flyover Capital
Built by Iowa, Dundee Venture Capital, Nebraska Global and Mid-America Angels
Corporate Innovator of the Year — Nelnet
Fellow finalists: First National Bank, Gallup, Proxibid, Union Pacific and Sprint
Student Entrepreneur of the Year — Brent Comstock
Fellow finalists: Bugeater Foods, Josh Doering, Spectator and Andrew Rogers
New Startup of the Year — HowFactory
Fellow finalists: Bugeater Foods, Drive Spotter, Nightlife Transit, Viirt and PopBookings
Designer of the Year — Stephanie Jarrett
Fellow finalists: Amy Colgan, Dan Rohr, Levi Nelson and Justin Kemerling
Technologist of the Year — Kevin Berry
Fellow finalists: Caitlin Bales, Tim Braun, Clint Kahler and Chad Michael
Silicon Prairie Champion of the Year — Brian Ardinger
Fellow finalists: Joni Cobb, Paul Jarrett, Joseph Knecht and Ben Mcdougal
Best Culture of the Year — Flywheel
Fellow finalists: Beehive Industries, Bulu Box, Paige Technologies and Opendorse
Executive of the Year — Paul Jarrett
Fellow finalists: Blake Lawrence, David Chait and Jeff Blackwood
Startup of the Year — Flywheel
Fellow finalists: Bulu Box, HLT, ShotTracker, Opendorse and Travefy
Lifetime Achievement Award — Hudl
A big thank you goes out to all who made the 2015 SPAwards such a success, including our readers, sponsors, judges, finalists and winners. Thank you for all of your hard work and contributions!
“It’s an honor to be able to bring this community together to celebrate the achievements over the past year. Beyond walking away with a golden analog, community is where we see success,” said Caleb Ulffers, Events Manager, SPN & Big Omaha.
*All photos were taken by Nick Goodwin
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