Cedar Rapids and Iowa City


Prairie Moves: Allied Strategy, Phenomblue, Dwolla & more

By Dusty Davidson / July 20, 2010

(Photo by IndigoValley via Flickr) The goal of Prairie Moves is to keep our readers informed about career moves, press coverage, and product development from the companies and individuals we cover on Silicon Prairie News.

If you or your company would like to submit one of the items below for our next Prairie Moves post, please email info@siliconprairienews.com. And if you have suggestions…

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PrairieCast: Andy Stoll discusses social entrepreneurship & World Tri

By Geoff Wood / June 24, 2010

Our guest this week on PrairieCast is Iowa City’s Andy Stoll, co-founder of social entrepreneurship incubator The James Gang and world traveler. Andy, who is an Omaha native, talks about his experiences with The James Gang, his recently completed 3.5 year adventure around the world and his upcoming project The World Tri.

The World Tri is a unique endurance event being undertaken over the next…

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PrairieCast: Serial entrepreneur Brian Kaldenberg

By Danny Schreiber / June 22, 2010

This week on PrairieCast our guest is Iowa City-based serial entrepreneur Brian Kaldenberg (above). Brian has founded several companies including Gamerosters.com (which provides NCAA football video game rosters to more than 20,000 customer annually), ProofreadingPal (a proofreading service for the academic and business sectors), and…

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Doug Lewis on Iowa’s entrepreneur resources & targeted industries

By Danny Schreiber / May 8, 2010

Three years ago, the Iowa Legislature noted an opportunity for the state to move ahead in the advanced manufacturing, information technology and bioscience industries. To take advantage of that opportunity, they created the Innovation and Commercialization Division within the Department of Economic Development. Its mission is “to grow Iowa’s economy…

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City of West Des Moines opens business plan competition

By Danny Schreiber / May 8, 2010

The City of West Des Moines, the Mid Iowa Small Business Development Center, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced that they are accepting applications for their business plan competition.

Top prize in the competition is a seed capital award of $25,000, prizes of $15,000…

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Johnny Cupcakes, Ignite Lincoln, Cornstalks, Coding Dojo and more

By Dusty Davidson / April 27, 2010

There’s quite the variety of events headed our way in and around Omaha and Des Moines. We’ve included one, in particular, that is a bit outside of our regular entrepreneurial and creative event postings, but we’ve heard it’s a very cool exhibit –BODIES…The Exhibition.

Hope you can get out, enjoy the nice weather, and the spectacular events we have in our own backyards.

Note: All event descriptions taken from event websites.
Wednesday, April 28 – Johnny Cupcakes Suitcase Tour (Omaha)

Nomad Lounge (1013 Jones St) at 8 p.m.

The Cupcake Mobile…

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TAI’s Prometheus Awards highlight innovation throughout Iowa

By Danny Schreiber / April 7, 2010

Playing on its reputation as the “Academy Awards of Iowa’s high tech industry,” the fifth annual Prometheus Awards took place last night with a Hollywood-style theme, complete with a celebrity photo booth, award statues, plenty of tuxedos, and even a red carpet.

The awards are a production of the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) meant to highlight innovation throughout the state. “This showcase honors companies and individuals who represent the best and brightest in technology and business and have…

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Hatchlings founder talks about the success of his Facebook app company

By Danny Schreiber / March 11, 2010

When you put together a list of the fastest growing technology companies in Iowa, you probably don’t include Hatchlings, Inc., but you should. I recently had the chance to sit down with Brad Dwyer the company’s founder, who is also a senior in Computer Science and Entrepreneurial Studies at Iowa State University, to learn about his Ames-based startup. Hatchlings started as a Facebook application…

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