Siouxland and the Dakotas

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Construction begins on USD Discovery District in Sioux Falls, SD

By Christine McGuigan / May 23, 2017

Ground was broken last week on the USD Discovery District, an 80-acre contemporary corporate and academic research park under development in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Business leaders from across the region were in attendance, as well as members of the U.S. Economic Development Administration and South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard. “We are excited to see…

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SPN releases new podcast series featuring inspiring entrepreneurs

By SPN Team / May 12, 2017

Silicon Prairie News released a new podcast series today that features interviews with the Big Omaha 2017 speakers. Brian Lee, the managing director for Big Omaha and Silicon Prairie News, sat down with the speakers to talk with them about this year’s conference theme. “Our theme this year was overcoming obstacles,” said Lee. “Each speaker…

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Meet the 6 finalists for Technologist of the Year

By SPN Team / March 7, 2017

As we get closer to the Silicon Prairie Awards on May 2, we still need your help to determine which individuals and companies will take home the trophies. We’re highlighting the finalists in each category so you can get to know the finalists a little bit better. To vote, visit our Silicon Prairie Awards website…

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Eat Fit Go opened seven stores in less than a year

By Rod Armstrong / December 19, 2016

Eating healthy can be a challenge given the time and expense required for buying and preparing nutritious meals. Omaha-based startup Eat Fit Go is on a mission to change that. “Our goal is to provide healthy, high-quality food at a reasonable price,” said Sam Vakhidov, CEO and Co-Founder. “I think we’re the fastest-growing healthy food…

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Our 10 favorite Iowa startup stories of 2016

By SPN Team / December 7, 2016

Silicon Prairie News covers the tech startup scene across Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Here are our most popular stories from Iowa this year: 1. Why Dwolla made its transactions free (and what happened next) (Des Moines) In June we sat down with Jordan Lampe, Director of Communications and Policy at Dwolla, to discuss the company’s move away from…

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Base 3 features talks on technology, community and going viral

By SPN Team / November 11, 2016

Candy canes, cotton candy and gumballs lined the walls of the Ho-Chunk Centre in Sioux City, Iowa as a crowd of entrepreneurs, business owners and other community members gathered for the sixth annual Base 3 event Thursday. After a candy-themed Biz Brew happy hour filled with craft cocktails and snacks, three speakers took the stage…

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Sioux City’s Base 3 event returns November 10

By SPN Team / November 4, 2016

Sioux City’s premiere startup event Base 3 will be returning on November 10th at the Ho Chunk Centre. The speakers include Iowa filmmaker Scott Siepker, Caleb Ullfers of Flywheel and Brian C. Waller from the Technology Association of Iowa. SPN caught with the event’s organizers, Ryan Martinez and Sean Richardson of Flyover Technology, over email. SPN: How…

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DriveOff wins Startup Weekend Omaha

By SPN Team / September 28, 2016

DriveOff was the winning team at this year’s Startup Weekend Omaha, held last weekend Sept. 23-25. The startup competition included around 70 participants, mostly college students from University of Nebraska Omaha, Creighton University and University of South Dakota. The event was held at UNO’s College of Business Administration in Mammel Hall. The event’s signature sponsor…

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A Multi-Local Manifesto

By SPN Team / July 13, 2016

I recently decided to move from Sioux Falls to Omaha. The decision was made rather quickly and executed within a month. When I announced the move to my adopted Sioux Falls community I was greeted with great support and encouragement, mingled with some disappointment. I reassured my community that this was not a goodbye, just…

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Why ScoreVision could be the next Hudl

By SPN Team / June 2, 2016

The Omaha-based company gives high school and small college sports fans the Jumbotron experience. But it’s their cloud platform that’s really exciting. Veteran entrepreneurs Gordon Whitten, David Sutter, and Chad Bokowski founded ScoreVision in 2015 when they decided to tackle the problem of outdated scoreboards in high schools and colleges. “As an entrepreneur, you go where there’s an…

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