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Startup Weekend Iowa City Benefits from Influx of Developers

October 5, 2014

Startup Weekend is an event where entrepreneurs discuss ideas, then launch a business in only 54 hours. Usually, Startup Weekend lacks web developers, but thanks to Dev/Iowa, Startup Weekend Iowa City had plenty of developers this year.

9 Iowa startups chosen to pitch AOL founder

September 30, 2014

Nine business from Iowa have been selected to pitch to Steve Case, founder of AOL, at his "Rise of the Rest" tour.

How Blue Cheese is Changing the Way you Read International Menus

September 25, 2014

As an international student at the University of Iowa, RuiHao Min realized how prevalent of an issue reading menus in foreign languages is. He used his own personal experiences to create a menu-translating app called Blue Cheese.

UI Grad Hopes to Turn 'Blue Cheese' into Cash

September 25, 2014

RuiHao Min, a University of Iowa alumni, launched an app called Blue Cheese to translate English menus into Chinese.

Translacare Aids Those with Speech, Memory Disorders

September 24, 2014

Ryan Ries, a University of Iowa alumni and founder of Translacare, created his startup to help people who cannot communicate. Translacare has developed a software, Iconotouch, that doubles as a communication device and memory aid.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Ask About Startup Stock Photos

September 23, 2014

Startup Stock Photos (SSP) is a website that provides startup-focused images for free. All of your questions about SSP have now been answered.

Pear Deck Nabs First Place in Pappajohn Business Plan Competition

September 22, 2014

Pear Deck, an education tech company in Iowa City, won first place and $25,000 at the John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition last week.

Iowa Startups Awarded $1.2M in Loans from State

September 22, 2014

Six Iowa startups received over $1 million total in loans from the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

AJ Nelson: It doesn’t take money to find your users, make them happy

September 19, 2014

AJ Nelson, co-founder of clusterFlunk, talks about starting and growing a startup.

Spectator aims to change way Iowans follow high school sports

September 18, 2014

Three University of Iowa students went through UI Venture School to create Spectator, an app that offers detailed statistics about high school sports teams.

Winner announced in Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition

September 18, 2014

The 2014 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition came to a close on September 18 with the announcement of the winners at a special recognition luncheon at Drake University in Des Moines.

Pear Deck Takes Top Prize in Pappajohn Startup Competition

September 18, 2014

Fifty companies were vying for an award from the John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition. The winners of this year's competition were announced today.

2 Metro Firms Win #Hashies; U of I Center Wins Silicon Prairie Award

August 22, 2014

The Social Media Club hosted their first ever #Hashie awards and in a separate awards ceremony, The Silicon Prairie News, honored the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center as Service Provider of the Year.

5 Silicon Prairie awards go to Iowans

August 21, 2014

Thirteen awards were given out at this year's Silicon Prairie Awards and five of them were given to Iowans.

And the Winners of the 2014 Silicon Prairie Awards Are…

August 21, 2014

Here is a list of the 2014 Silicon Prairie Award winners.