Last night, over 300 entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the Silicon Prairie came together for the 5th annual Silicon Prairie Awards. Shonna Dorsey and Keith Fix emceed the awards show on stage at the Omaha Design Center.
Nine businesses and individuals were recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to the Midwest startup community. Winners were chosen via a combination of public votes––which totaled in the hundreds––and by a panel of judges.
Winners took home signature golden prairie dog trophies and the honor to call themselves some of the most inspiring and innovative professionals in the region.
Congratulations to the 2017 winners!
Investor of the Year – Invest Nebraska
Student Entrepreneur of the Year – Anne Bachmann
Technologist of the Year – Tony Noecker
Silicon Prairie Champion – Erica Wassinger
Lifetime Achievement Award – Proxibid
Corporate Innovator of the Year – Nelnet
Executive of the Year – Ben Pankonin
New Startup of the Year – Bungii
Startup of the Year – Bulu Box
Thank you to the Silicon Prairie Awards sponsors – Cox Business, Dundee Venture Capital, Drive Spotter, Valmont, The Startup Collaborative, Grinnell Mutual, Next Level Ventures and Lazarus.