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Watch eCreamery try to close a “sweet deal” on Shark Tank (Video)

The co-founders of Omaha-based eCreamery appeared Friday on ABC’s Shark Tank, pitching the five “sharks” for a $250,000 investment in exchange for 33 percent of their company.

“Who doesn’t love ice cream?” Abby Jordan opened the pitch. “However, no one in the $23 billion ice cream industry is positioning ice cream as a gift.”

Ecreamery, an online custom ice cream and gelato shop, plans …

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Startup Weekend Omaha returns Friday, registration still open

Startup Weekend Omaha makes its fourth appearance in Omaha this weekend, taking over The Mastercraft building – including the Silicon Prairie News office – in North Downtown.

Tickets ($75) are still available. The event begins at 6 p.m. Friday with idea pitches and wraps up Sunday at 6 p.m. with final pitches.

“The split of tickets sold so far favors development talent,” co-organizer Shane Reiser said an in email, “so this year’s event should …

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Think Big announces first accelerator class, attracts L.A. and N.Y. startups

Think Big Partners today announced the six startups accepted into the first class of its Think Big Accelerator, a 22-week program that starts Tuesday in the company’s coworking space, bizperc.

Each startup receives investment, mentorship and business services, an offering Think Big Partners managing partner Herb Sih said is done through a “joint venture” of three entities. Think Big Ventures, a fund recently launched by Sih and Think …

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Internet 2012 Bus Tour to make four stops in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri

Reddit last week announced the itinerary for its Internet 2012 Bus Tour, an eight-day, seven-stop, campaign-style bus tour advocating for the Open Internet. From Oct. 5-8, the bus will make four stops in the Silicon Prairie region, partnering with local supporters for events in Lincoln, Des Moines, Iowa City and Kansas City.

“The Internet 2012 Bus will collect and share stories from Americans throughout the heartland, because this isn’t just about Silicon Valley,” reddit co-founder and Open Internet advocate Alexis Ohanian said in a promotional video for the tour. “It’s about parents taking Skillshare classes on blogging in Boulder, TED Meetups in Omaha …

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Iowa recruiting tour hits San Francisco today, Palo Alto Thursday

A trio of Iowa economic and business organizations are embarking on a West Coast tour hopeful their message about the benefits of moving to the Hawkeye State is music to the ears of Californians.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is hosting a recruiting event at 5 p.m. today in San Francisco that features a live performance by The Nadas, a Des Moines-based band …

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Prairie Moves: Fast Company “pins” portrait of Ben Silbermann, Pinterest

Lead Read:

“Can Ben Silbermann Turn Pinterest Into The World’s Greatest Shopfront?” – Iowa native Ben Silbermann gives Fast Company (above) a rare look inside his startup’s growth and pre-revenue phase status.


“Am I being good to those in my life? Startups are hard. They take commitment, from me and my family.” – BitMethod’s Dan Shipton shares three questions that keep him up at night. – Des Moines Register …

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Divshot lands in Los Angeles for Launchpad accelerator

Just two weeks after their August acceptance into Santa Monica, Calif.-based accelerator Launchpad LA, the co-founders of Divshot moved to the Golden State.
“It was pretty crazy,” Divshot co-founder Jake Johnson said of the series of events that led the company, formerly based in Kansas City, Mo., to the startup accelerator founded by Mark Suster.

Divshot, an interface builder for web apps hatched in April at Startup Weekend Kansas City, took …

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First Tech Crawl showcases Lincoln startup scene

Though Fuse Coworking isn’t scheduled to open until Nov. 1, the new Lincoln coworking space rushed part of its clean up and renovation in order to be a stop on the city’s inaugural Tech Crawl on Thursday.

“This is exactly what the essence of Fuse Coworking is about,” Fuse co-founder Matt Westenburg said. “It’s about bringing community together.”

Fuse’s third-floor space in the city’s Haymarket district – an area Westenburg said is “kind of the heart of startup community in Lincoln” – was one of 14 Tech …

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Three questions and loads of photos from the Omaha Startup Job Crawl

After rolling through Des Moines on Tuesday, the Silicon Prairie News Startup Job Crawl hit Omaha on Wednesday. More than 80 crawlers and representatives from 17 Omaha and Lincoln companies were on hand at the Mastercraft Building in North Downtown Omaha for the city’s second rendition of the event.
We made an effort throughout the evening to visit with a variety of crawlers — a group comprised …

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