Cedar Rapids and Iowa City


Des Moines-based Igor launches IOT platform Nexos

By Laura Neesen / September 6, 2018

Igor, Inc. announced last week the launch of Nexos, an IOT platform designed to turn legacy properties into agile, smart buildings. Igor is a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) smart building technology, based in Des Moines, Iowa. Igor’s international launch of Nexos comes as the IoT revolution is forecast to reach an estimated $67.5…

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Fargo, ND businesses see over $21M in investments so far in 2018

By SPN Team / August 30, 2018

Fargo, North Dakota might not be the first city that comes to mind when discussing hubs for investments and venture capital. But the modestly sized town of 120,000 has put up some impressive numbers this year with several multi-million dollar deals. Botlink On April 26, 2018, Botlink received $3.36 million in individual funding – marking…

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Top Ten Nerdiest STEM Cities on the Silicon Prairie

By SPN Team / August 10, 2018

When it comes to number-crunching, these 10 cities have got it nailed. Now, as many of you bristle and prepare to send declarations of nerdiness on behalf of your own city, keep in mind the following: all rankings presented in this list are based solely on a single dataset, i.e., the ratio of STEM graduates…

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Gross-Wen Technologies sees algae as the solution to wastewater treatment

By SPN Team / August 10, 2018

The Midwest has some major water quality issues, and it’s spreading. Nitrogen and phosphorus used to fertilize farms runs off into rivers, resulting in a record “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico resulting in massive toxic algae blooms that feed on the chemicals. Gross-Wen Technologies, an Ames, Iowa, startup, wants to use algae to…

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Upcoming events on the Silicon Prairie

By SPN Team / July 18, 2018

Check out on our SPN event list to keep you informed on everything that’s happening across the Silicon Prairie. Do you have an upcoming event that you want to share with the SPN community? Share your startup/entrepreneur/tech event in the form at the bottom and your event could be featured on SPN. May 21-22 –…

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welaunch takes Isreali companies from startup to ‘scaleup’ with the help of Silicon Prairie connections

By Christine McGuigan / June 11, 2018

Baruch HaLevi and Don Schoen are on a mission to unite the Start-up Nation and the Silicon Prairie through welaunch, a U.S.-based not-for-profit that connects Israeli companies to business and investment opportunities and resources throughout its Silicon Prairie network. CEO and cofounder HaLevi says he has deep roots to the American Midwest. He was born…

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BluJaket creates a buzz around geo-targeted mobile coupons

By Christine McGuigan / May 23, 2018

Michael Lawrence remembers the exact moment inspiration struck him for BluJaket, his Davenport, Iowa-based geo-targeted mobile coupon startup. Lawrence was out on a double date with his wife and another couple. After paying for their meal and leaving, he found a mobile coupon on his phone for something he had just paid for. “I had…

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Apply now to be a Silicon Prairie News freelance writer

By Christine McGuigan / May 14, 2018

Silicon Prairie News is looking for freelance writers in Iowa and the Kansas City area to help us expand our coverage across the region. We are looking for current students, recent graduates, or experienced writers who are connected to their local startup community and share SPN’s passion for telling success stories, reporting on recent news,…

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Iowa Startup Accelerator and NewBoCo announce incoming startup teams

By Christine McGuigan / March 20, 2018

NewBoCo kicked off its fifth year investing in Iowa’s entrepreneurial community on Monday by accepting four startups into the Iowa Startup Accelerator’s 2018 Spring Batch, and the pilot team from its Social Good Accelerator program. The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) is a nonprofit with the mission to accelerate world-changing ideas from Iowa, and to…

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SPN Kernels: News from across the Prairie

By Christine McGuigan / March 14, 2018

Bulu adds second warehouse, dozens of new jobs – Lincoln Bulu formally announced last week the addition of a second Lincoln warehouse location and new additions to their team to support growth from their private label Subscription Box businesses product. In 2016, Bulu began to partner with select retailers in building comprehensive Subscription Box programs.…

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