Voting for the Silicon Prairie Awards, which will take place Aug. 29 in Des Moines, opened up Wednesday, and several Nebraska start-ups and entrepreneurs were nominated.
Lincoln-based subscription vitamin service Bulu Box and Omaha-based virtual town hall creator MindMixer took home nominations for Start-up Of the Year. Athlete endorsement platform opendorse, based in Lincoln, was nominated for Innovation of the Year and Omaha-based SkyVu Entertainment’s Battle Bears was nominated for Mobile App of the Year.
Several Nebraska start-up founders and executives, including Nick Bowden and Justin Kemerling of MindMixer, Paul and Stephanie Jarrett of Bulu Box, Matt Westenburg of FUSE Coworking in Lincoln and Brian Ardinger of NMotion in Lincoln were also nominated for various awards. Dundee Venture Capital and Linseed Capital, run by Jim and Karen Linder, were also nominated for Investor of the Year.
This is the second year the local start-up news blog has hosted the Silicon Prairie Awards, meant to champion companies and entrepreneurs across the region. Last year, the ceremony was held in Omaha at the Joslyn Art Museum. This year’s event will feature a speech from Dave Knox of start-up accelerator The Brandery and and digital marketing firm Rockfish.
This year the organization has chartered a bus in partnership with the Omaha Chamber of Commerce that will take Nebraskans to the awards, leaving for Des Moines late afternoon and returning after the ceremony. Riders will be treated to a free beer or two and free Wi-Fi. You can sign up for the bus when purchasing tickets for the awards.