Weekly Recap: Creative Corridor events, FitBark in WSJ and more

Every Monday Silicon Prairie News' editorial team will share some of the interesting regional content we've read as well as SPN's most-read stories over the last week…

$100 Startup - Dwolla reading list
$100 Startup - Dwolla reading list

One of Dwolla’s interns created an end-of-summer reading list for entrepreneurs.

Every Monday Silicon Prairie News’ editorial team will share some of the interesting regional content we’ve read as well as SPN’s most-read stories over the last week.

SPN’s most-read stories from last week

  1. And the winners of the 2014 Silicon Prairie Awards are… by SPN Newsroom (8/22)
  2. Uber debuts in Lincoln today by Jordan Pascale (8/28)
  3. Nordstrom’s Trunk Club acquisition a success for Men’s Style Lab’s growth by Megan Bannister (8/1)
  4. Method’s Eric Ryan makes good on Big Omaha promise to find long-lost soap by Kate Brousseau (8/26)
  5. ClaimKit raises $560K round, with $360K from Mid-America Angels by Fred Bauters (8/26)


  • You can basically go to a startup community event in the Creative Corridor every day of September. — We Create Here
  • Spectator, a 2014 Silicon Prairie Awards finalist for Student Entrepreneur of the Year, released a preview video of its app. — YouTube
  • The Biz released the video with ClusterFlunk co-founder AJ Nelson from its August Startup Stories event. — Business Innovation Zone
  • Dwolla intern Mariah Young put together an end-of-summer reading list for entrepreneurs. — Dwolla Blog

Kansas City

  • Sprint Accelerator alum FitBark got a shoutout in a WSJ article about wearable tech for pets. — Wall Street Journal
  • KC Digital Drive wrote about WiFi-Honk!, tech that harnesses your smartphone’s WiFi capabilities to alert you when another device is on a collision course, being tested by the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering. — KC Digital Drive
  • Mark your calendar: Startup Weekend Lawrence is Sept. 26-28. — Startup Weekend
  • The KC Chamber released their latest “Big 5” update late last week. — KC Chamber


  • Valmont looks to boost technology offerings with South Dakota-based AgSense deal. — Omaha World-Herald
  • As uberX announces its arrival in Lincoln, 3 drivers receive tickets. — Lincoln Journal Star
  • Hack Lincoln, a weekend of taking public data and making it usable, is Oct. 17-19. — Hack Lincoln
  • A Hastings, Neb., soap company raised $350,000 in funding. — Omaha World-Herald
  • UNO hosts workshop about receiving small business grants. — Nebraska Entrepreneurship

Everything else

Typically our editorial team limits the weekly recap to SPN’s top stories and news from around our region, but we’ve realized that in any given week we read and hear about other awesome things we’d love to share with you. Here are a few of them:

  • The National Association of Women’s Business Owners will hold its largest national conference for women business owners in the Midwest on Sept. 8-9 in Indianapolis. — NAWBO
  • Crowd Companies’ Jeremiah Owyang wrote a piece for VentureBeat about what he thinks Silicon Valley can learn from the Midwest entrepreneurial community. — VentureBeat


We love to hear what you’re up to! Read something interesting about entrepreneurship or startups in the Midwest? Send it our way at editor@siliconprairienews.com


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