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Congratulations to the Winners of the 2015 SPAwards


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


This award is sponsored by Cox Communications

Fellow finalists: Bugeater Foods, Inside Outside Podcast, ECJC and Viirt


Service Provider of the Year — Bart Dillashaw


This award is sponsored by Schnackel Engineers Inc.

Fellow finalists: Tyson Benson, Matt Poulsen, Greg Kratofil and Drew Larson


Investor of the Year — Flyover Capital


This award is sponsored by Proxibid

Built by Iowa, Dundee Venture Capital, Nebraska Global and Mid-America Angels


Corporate Innovator of the Year — Nelnet


This award is sponsored by the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development

Fellow finalists: First National Bank, Gallup, Proxibid, Union Pacific and Sprint


Student Entrepreneur of the Year — Brent Comstock


This award is sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln Center for Entrepreneurship

Fellow finalists: Bugeater Foods, Josh Doering, Spectator and Andrew Rogers


New Startup of the Year — HowFactory


This award is sponsored by the University of Nebraska

Fellow finalists: Bugeater Foods, Drive Spotter, Nightlife Transit, Viirt and PopBookings


Designer of the Year — Stephanie Jarrett


This award is sponsored by Husch Blackwell LLP

Fellow finalists: Amy Colgan, Dan Rohr, Levi Nelson and Justin Kemerling


Technologist of the Year — Kevin Berry


This award is sponsored by Suiter Swantz IP

Fellow finalists: Caitlin Bales, Tim Braun, Clint Kahler and Chad Michael


Silicon Prairie Champion of the Year — Brian Ardinger


This award is sponsored by the Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Fellow finalists: Joni Cobb, Paul Jarrett, Joseph Knecht and Ben Mcdougal


Best Culture of the Year — Flywheel


This award is sponsored by Hudl

Fellow finalists: Beehive Industries, Bulu Box, Paige Technologies and Opendorse


Executive of the Year — Paul Jarrett


This award is sponsored by Dundee Venture Capital

Fellow finalists: Blake Lawrence, David Chait and Jeff Blackwood


Startup of the Year — Flywheel


This award is sponsored by AIM

Fellow finalists: Bulu Box, HLT, ShotTracker, Opendorse and Travefy


Lifetime Achievement Award — Hudl

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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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