Des Moines, Ames and Greater Iowa


Andrew Yang to speak at Council Bluffs Tech Brew

By Tom Chapman / August 6, 2019

Andrew Yang is a technologist and entrepreneur.  He has founded companies and been an early executive at multiple successful firms, such as Manhattan Prep (a GMAT test prep company that was eventually sold to Kaplan, a part of the Graham Holding Company).  He is running for President.  This is not an endorsement article.  Silicon Prairie…

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First fundings research report

By Tom Chapman / August 2, 2019

In talking to Jessica Straus, Dundee Venture Capital’s new Venture Partner, it occurred to me that we should write an update on first fundings in what Straus called the “mighty middle”. This paper describes first fundings.  First fundings are a recordation of companies that raise capital for the first time.  This paper uses Pitchbook data…

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Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Provides Funds

By Tom Chapman / July 26, 2019

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (“IEDA”) announced that five companies had received demonstration funds from IEDA last week The five companies funded by the IEDA are:  Home Painter received a proof of concept loan of $25,000,  Lender Close received a Propel Loan of $250,000 from the Iowa Acceleration Fund,  MakuSafe received a…

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Your guide to the Heartland’s 1 Million Cups events

By Razia Aziz-Seible / June 17, 2019

1 Million Cups was developed in Kansas City, MO in 2012 by Co-Founders Cameron Cushman and Nate Olson who were working at the time on the Entrepreneurship Team at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  What began as an experiment to bring entrepreneurs in one city together over a cup of coffee towards a goal of…

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2019 Prometheus Awards winners announced

By SPN Team / April 12, 2019

Technology Association of Iowa 2019 Prometheus Awards winners have been named. The Prometheus Awards took place last night in downtown Des Moines at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. It is the biggest event of the year for the TAI, a statewide membership organization that promotes and celebrates the technology industry in Iowa. The…

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8QS With a Silicon Prairie Founder: Tamara Brunow

By SPN Team / April 5, 2019

Tamara Brunow is CEO of Brunow Contracting and H2W Apparel. Tamara Brunow is the CEO of Brunow Contracting, an SBA 8(a) Certified, Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned, HUBZone Concern based in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Tamara has overcome gender barriers and other challenges in a male-dominated industry to become one of the few women in the country to…

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LenderClose offers ‘lending heaven’ for refinance and home equity lenders

By SPN Team / February 26, 2019

LenderClose, founded in 2015, and headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is equipping local community financial institutions to compete with national lending brands. LenderClose is a developer of products and services for lenders with the mission of saving local lenders time and money, and ultimately lowering costs for borrowers, all with an exponentially faster turn-around.  LenderClose’s…

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MākuSafe closes $3 million seed round

By SPN Team / February 18, 2019

Des Moines, IA-based MākuSafe announced on February 6 that it has raised $3 million in seed money. Investors include EMC Insurance Companies, Next Level Ventures, and The Best of the Midwest. The company plans to use the funds to hire and to scale the manufacturing of its technology. MākuSafe provides a cloud platform called MākuSafe…

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