105+ Iowa startup accounts you should follow on Twitter right now

Last year we compiled lists of companies from each region you should be following on Twitter in anticipation of our annual Silicon Prairie Awards. It worked so well that we decided to update those lists this year, but this time, we're widening the playing field a little bit…

Last year we compiled lists of companies from each region you should be following on Twitter in anticipation of our annual Silicon Prairie Awards. It worked so well that we decided to update those lists this year, but this time, we’re widening the playing field a little bit.

Below you’ll find a list of companies, organizations and events that make up much of the entrepreneurial community across the Silicon Prairie. These are the startups we write about, the events we attend and the groups who help fight for entrepreneurs every day.

Two years ago we hosted our first Silicon Prairie Awards in Omaha, last year we brought the party to Des Moines, and for 2014, we’ll make our way to Kansas City. Join us August 21 at KC’s Midland Theatre to celebrate the past year’s best of the Silicon Prairie.

With these lists, we hope you’ll take time to learn more about members of the region’s community, give them a follow on Twitter and, of course, nominate them for a Silicon Prairie Award. And if you notice someone isn’t on the list, tweet at us or comment below. Stay tuned—the nomination period will begin in the next few weeks.

Last week we shared our Nebraska Twitter list, but keep an eye out for Kansas City’s list next week.

Follow all of the accounts on our “Iowa Startup Community” Twitter list with one easy click.

Des Moines area

Descriptions taken verbatim from Twitter accounts.

  1 Million Cups Des Moines • @1MillionCupsDSM@KauffmanLabs weekly educational program. 2 startups/wk, 6 min presentation, 20 min Q&A #1MCDSM. Wed 9-10am House Rules http://bit.ly/1dQyhpr
Appcore@appcoreAppcore automates the business of cloud computing®. Appcore delivers local cloud infrastructure for Enterprise Private Clouds and Service Provider Public Clouds.
Avidity Creative • @AvidityCreativeWe’re not your mom’s advertising agency. Our cookies taste much worse though.
  Bawte • @bawteSimply awesome product support!
Beard or Not • @beardornotcoBeardOrNot.co was created by Kasey, Jeff, Boz, Mike, Torey and Danyelle. Be a great man. Share your beard.
Bettrlife • @bettrlife (Urbandale)BettrLife is an innovative #mhealth #healthIT #wellness platform enabling healthcare providers to engage patients. Tweets from @jhschoen.
Bid On My Job • @bidonmyjob (Johnston)Helping Consumers and Business Connect
Blue Compass • @bluecompassA leading team of web & mobile experts helping brands succeed online through web design, development & marketing.
Business Innovation Zone • @BIZ_DSMMike brings his knowledge and battle scars to bear on the goal of making Central Iowa entrepreneurs successful.
Bloomsnap • @bloomsnapOrdering flowers? Tell us the occasion, pick your price and we’ll make sure a creative florist in your city delivers a custom bouquet. #keepitsimple #buylocal
Change@usechangeChange is a cash register app and point of sale solution for the iPad that helps restaurants, cafes, and bars get more from every order.
Digmaa • @DigmaaDigmaa helps #CustomHome builders & all involved increase their exposure while giving the best experience to their clients.
dmStartupDrinks @dmStartupDrinksThe monthly networking event for Des Moines area entrepreneurs & startup enthusiasts. Cheers to our sponsors & a community driven by innovation!
Drake University Entrepreneurship Center @EshipDrakeTweets from the Buchanan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership & Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship Outreach at Drake University
dsmHack • @dsmhackbuild. learn. give.
Dwolla • @dwollaOnline & your phone, Dwolla’s payment network lets you seamlessly send & receive cash via your social networks, e-mail or location. Service at @dwolla_support.
EVOLVE • @dmevolveMacintosh Consulting for the Midwest and World
Fluency • @FluencyAppBuilding, launching, testing, reading… not exactly in that order.
Golf Challenges • @GolfChallengesGolfRz! Play Golf…Use our App…Earn Points…Get Rewarded!
Goodsmiths • @goodsmithsGoodsmiths is the marketplace for makers. We help makers become smarter & more efficient at creating and selling their goods.
Gravitate • @GravitateDSMAn entrepreneurial center of gravity featuring coworking, events and a great community. Opening September 1. Tweets by @geoffwood.
Hack Night Iowa • @HackNightIAA regular series of unhackathons in Des Moines, Iowa, and, soon, Ames, Iowa produced by @justrunco.
Happy Medium • @itsahappymediumIowa’s innovative social media, web development, SEO/SEM & design agency. Nothing makes us happier than helping clients grow their biz! Follow us & get happy!
Hatchlings (AlphaBrawl) • @hatchlings@alphabrawlgameThe world’s largest virtual Easter egg hunt!
I/OWA Conference • @iowaconfI/OWA is the conference for the Iowa Startup Community. Engaging inputs. Inspiring outputs.
Iowa Economic Develeopment Authority • @BusinessIOWAIowa Economic Develeopment Authority (IEDA). #Iowa offers a positive business climate, an educated work force & an economy focused on innovation.
Jet Set Studio (Tournament Seeker) • @JetSetStudio • @TourneySeekerWe develop, promote & manage interactive video game events all around North America. Our innovative product, TourneySeeker, is a search engine for eSports.
Jobsite Unite • @JobsiteUniteMobile apps that streamline communication for construction jobsites
LendTrade • @LendTradeLendTrade is an online social networking platform helping secondary market whole loan buyers & sellers connect with compatible partners and opportunities.
Locusic • @locusicLocal music streaming – live in central IA and MSP. Open the app, pick a genre, and hear great local bands. Tweets by @JakeKerber.
Men’s Style Lab • @MensStyleLabEffortless Style for Everyday Guys – Concierge clothing service helping men look their best with great clothes that fit both life & style.
My Diabetes Home • @mydiabeteshomeMy Diabetes Home is a breakthrough personal technology platform to help you manage your diabetes. Control your health easily, with the latest technology!
NestMint • @NestMintIowaGetting your business off the ground—financially—can be a challenge. We’re here to help make an idea an actuality.
Next Level Ventures • @NextLevelVCProviding venture capital to Iowa businesses
Offspring • @Offspring_appOffspring is the best way to capture, share, and publish your kid’s special moments.
Plains Angels @PlainsAngelsPlains Angels has been formed by the BIZ as a group of Midwest investors brought together to review and invest in high-potential and investment-ready companies.
  PosterZen @PosterZenHelping small businesses & non-profits design posters and change the world.
  Real Estate Fan Pages • @REFanPagesWe provide customizable Facebook Applications which integrate MLS search for real estate agents and brokers.
  RecoEngine • @RecoEngineTech buying. Made simple. | http://blog.recoengine.com
  Rocket Referrals • @rocketreferralsCompanies that use Rocket Referrals get more referral business.
Saturday Mfg.  @SaturdayMfgSaturday Mfg. is a factory where creative marketing ideas are assembled. Scott, Gina and Brian exist primarily to make cool stuff.
Shift • @shiftdsmWe do kick ass digital design without the bureaucracy & the red tape. You’ll get direct communication, agile development & a solution that will blow you away.
StartupCity Des Moines • @StartupCityDSMIncubation and Coworking of uniquely Midwestern startups in the core of downtown Des Moines
StartupIowa • @StartupIowaThe official Twitter account of StartupIowa.
  Social Money @gosocialmoneySocial Money is a financial services technology company creating innovative products that help consumers save. SmartyPig, CorePro.io and GoalSaver.
  Spark Reaction @SparkReactionSparkReaction is a web design and inbound marketing agency that helps businesses grow and succeed online.
Startup Weekend Des Moines @SWDesMoinesStartup Weekend DSM brings together people w/different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build businesses.
  Tech Journey • @tecjourneyA 501c(3) organization aimed at inspiring youth with limited resources to take an interest in technology by offering an engaging learning opportunity.
Technology Association of Iowa • @TechnologyIowaThe Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) is the premier professional organization driving the success of Iowa’s technology industry.
Tikly • @tiklyTikly is a ticketing platform that offers lower service fees & opens revenue streams for bands/venues/events. It’s your show, they’re your tickets.
Torsion Mobile (Mojaba) • @torsion_mobile@mojabaTorsion Mobile Is A Website Design & Development Agency. 220 Million Americans have smartphones. Is your website ready for them? Our mobile experts can help.
Venuefox • @venuefoxVenuefox is a tool designed to help you plan and discover everything you need for your next event. You can find your who, what, where – here.
VolunteerLocal • @volunteerlocalVolunteer management software for festivals, races, fairs and nonprofits. Tweets from @kayleecat, @bheme, @teeekelly, @braddwyer
Welch Avenue • @WelchAvenueWorking to grow the Iowa startup community. News digest on Wednesdays, live web show on Thursdays, podcast on Fridays. Blogging daily. Tweets by @geoffwood.

Iowa City & Cedar Rapids area

  1 Million Cups ICR • @1MillionCupsICR (Iowa City/Cedar Rapids)@KauffmanLabs weekly educational program. 1-2 startups/wk 6 min presentation 20 Q&A #1MC Vault Coworking Wed. 9-10am House Rules http://bit.ly/1dQyhpr
  Ascent • @AscentIowa (Cedar Rapids)Ascent is a membership driven organization focused on the development and growth of Iowa’s women-owned businesses. @LydiaLBrown, @JamiGordon
Bandwidth Pool • @bandwidthpool (Cedar Rapids)Identifying, evaluating and buying internet service for your office is challenging! Luckily, Bandwidth Pool has simplified your internet buying experience!
BlendCard • @BlendCard (Iowa City)Here’s how it works: We give you the card. Businesses load free stuff. You get to try new places (and will love coming back)
  Brand Driven Digital • @BrandDrivenTeamHelping build better brands online through social media and digital marketing services and learning events. Tweets from @nickwestergaard and @macykoch.
  Busy Coworking @BusyIC (Iowa City)Affordable coworking in the heart of Iowa City — 218 E. Washington St., 3rd Floor
clusterFlunk • @clusterflunk (Iowa City)The easiest way to talk to the students in your classes. IM your classmates, upload & share docs, post on your class wall.
  CoderDojo Cedar Rapids • @CoderDojoCR (Cedar Rapids)Free coding club for kids ages 7-18
  CoderDojo Iowa City • @CoderDojoIACity (Iowa City)Free coding club for kids that meets every 2nd AND 4th Saturday @ the Iowa City Public Library. Meeting info: http://zen.coderdojo.com/dojo/68
Componica LLC • @Componica (Iowa City)Seamlessly combining the latest in #ComputerVision #MachineLearning & developing the slickest #MobileApps
  Creative Corridor • @CreativeCorConnecting, celebrating and supporting all those who dream big, push boundaries, and create in Iowa’s Creative Corridor
Cyber-Anatomy • @cyberanatomy (Coralville)Award winning company developing state of the art educational software for K-12 science thru VRMed. Explore, dissect, and manipulate over 400 3D Simulations!
Dev/Iowa Bootcamp • @DevIowa (Iowa City)Dev/Iowa Bootcamp is a 9 week, INTENSIVE training program created to turn you into a professional web developer.
EDC Inc. • @edcinc123 (Cedar Rapids)Business accelerator that assists Iowa-based companies at any stage—from startup to mature.
  EntreFEST • @EntreFESTIowa’s conference for #smbiz owners, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, wantrapreneurs, and economic developers.
FullStack • @gofullstack (Iowa City)Web and Mobile Apps. Simplified. Increase User Engagement, Better Interaction and Architecture Design, & a Better Built Product. Faster.
  Fusionfarm • @fusionfarm (Cedar Rapids)A digital marketing and creative agency.
Geonetric • @geonetric (Cedar Rapids)We help hospitals & health systems develop and implement innovative Web strategies to engage their patients and communities online.
Health Tech Hatch • @healthtechhatch (Iowa City)HTH is dedicated to launching early-stage innovations in #healthcare and putting them into the hands of patients, physicians, and consumers | Create-Test-Fund.
  Higher Learning Technologies • @HigherLearnTech (Coralville)Revolutionizing education and learning through the mobile platform. We’re here to transform the lives of students. #Education #StartUp
ICAD Group • @ICADGroup (Iowa City)The Iowa City Area Development Group works to enhance the quality of our communities by serving the business development needs of interstate commerce companies.
Iowa BIG • @IowaBIG (Cedar Rapids)Iowa’s Project-Based High School Experience. Projects based on passions, community need, at the rigor of AP and IB.
Iowa Startup Accelerator • @IAAccelerator (Cedar Rapids)Heard of the midwestern work ethic? We take (#ed #health #ag) tech startups from concept to successful launch in 90 days. Apps due 6.22.14.
  Iowa Tech Chicks • @IowaTechChicksStriving to connect and educate women working in and interested in learning technology.
Mazira • @mazira (Iowa City)Mazira is a suite of enterprise-level tools for storing, searching, and delivering millions of digital documents around the office or around the world.
  NextStep.io • @NextStepio (Cedar Rapids)Connecting fitness pros to activity trackers & apps so you can #OwnToday – Supports FuelBand, FitBit & Jawbone & More! Nike+ @TechStars Alum #quantifiedself
  Operation Overnight • @OpOvernight (Cedar Rapids)Operation Overnight creates websites for nonprofits in the Linn County, Iowa community free of charge. Need a website? Apply by July 15, 2014!
PearDeck • @PearDeck (Iowa City)Create beautiful interactive lessons, presentations, and assessments to engage every student #ChromebookEDU #GAFE
  Radiology Protocols • @RProtocols (Iowa City)RP’s mission is to be the industry standard for radiology imaging protocol management by offering the most intuitive platform available in the radiology space.
Re-APP • @Re_APP (Iowa City)Re-APP is a mobile application that socializes personal green initiatives. Available here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/re-app/id882585976?mt=8 … Contact blake@re-app.us
Sculpt • @wearesculpt (Iowa City)Iowa City’s social media agency. Obsessed with startups, community, and the color orange. Tweets by an unpaid intern.
Seed Here Studio • @seedhere (Cedar Rapids)Cultivating the conditions & community to give entrepreneurs & startups the best possible chance to thrive. Operator & champion of @CRVault
  Startup Stock Photos • @startupphotos (Iowa City)Take ’em, these photos are free. Go. Make something. #startup #entrepreneur
Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids • @SWCedarRapids (Cedar Rapids)Launch your idea in a weekend. Feb 28 at the @EconomicAllianc | #SWCR14
  Telepharm • @TelePharmTech (Iowa City)Telemedicine + Telepharmacy
  Turnstile Cards • @TurnstileCards (Cedar Rapids)A mobile marketing platform for sports teams 1st Place at Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids 2014
Tutor Universe • @tutoruniverse • (Iowa City)The largest free-market social learning community dedicated to helping students with #coaching and #tutoring.
University of Iowa Entrepreneurship • @IowaJPEC (Iowa City)Dreamers, Builders, Movers, Shakers, Non-Conformists and Entrepreneurs. They all start here.
Vault Coworking • @CRvault (Cedar Rapids)Coworking & collaboration space in the heart of Downtown Cedar Rapids, in the heart of a growing entrepreneurial & creative community. Fully open Dec 1, 2011.
We Create Here • @wecreatehereProviding accessible narratives to foster engagement. We are initially focusing on the regional economy, diversity and new ventures. #wecreatehere


Elsewhere in Iowa

Banno • @bannohq (Cedar Falls)Banno provides data-enriched Web and transaction marketing services with a focus on the mobile medium as its principal means of delivery.
Base3 • @GoBase3 (Sioux City)Sioux City’s one night event used to cultivate a passion for entrepreneurship, innovation, and community building.
FarReach @FarReach (Cedar Falls)Far Reach is an Iowa company offering web design & development, custom software solutions, mobile development, and marketing consulting.
Grinnell App Development • @GrinnellAppDev (Grinnell)We make apps (: Like us on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/GrinnellAppdev
  Iowa Business Plan Competition • @JPIBPCThis contest is intended to encourage and promote entrepreneurial activity and create greater awareness of the resources available to entrepreneurs in Iowa.
OpenDecorah • @OpenDecorah (Decorah)128 West Water St. 2nd Floor Decorah, Iowa 52101 United States
PlayTagger • @playtagger (Indianola)PlayTagger is your hassle free way to #GetSeen.
Pushlee @GetPushlee (Sioux City)Automatically save money at the gas pump—just by using your smartphone.
  RXA Technology • @RXATechnology (Sioux City)Custom web and mobile solutions.
  ScoutPro • @ScoutProInc (Ames)Scout + Identify + Manage #agtech #apps for mobile scouting and data management. iOS Android tablet and phone
  Startup Sioux City • @iStartupSC (Sioux City)Startup Sioux City is a website dedicated to news about startups, entrepreneurship and innovation in Sioux City and the region.
  StartupCity Spencer • @StartupCitySpencer (Spencer)StartupCity Spencer is a technology startup incubator and collaborative workspace in the Iowa Lakes Corridor.
 Think29 blog Twitter logo Think29 • @Think29blogConnecting the entrepreneurs, innovators and investors of the I-29 Corridor. Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Fargo, Brookings, Vermillion, Watertown, Yankton, Aberdeen
 TourneyMachine Twitter logo TourneyMachine • @TourneyMachine (Ames)Take your tournaments to the next level! We empower you to organize, manage, and communicate about your tournament–all with one simple tool.


We’re confident we included most of the Iowa community with our list, but we’re also undoubtedly sure we’ve missed some along the way. Have an addition? Leave a comment below or send us an email at editor@siliconprairienews.com.


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