Last night, the winners were announced in the annual Silicon Prairie Awards. The ceremony took place at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City where Midwest entrepreneurs gathered to hear and celebrate the award winners.
After the list of hundreds of nominees was narrowed to 56 finalist and thousands of votes were tallied, 11 winners were announced at the event last night.
Brian Ardinger, NU’s entrepreneur-in-residence at NUtech Ventures, was named as one of the three Silicon Prairie Champion award winners. Ardinger is also the managing director for NMotion, a startup accelerator that helps entrepreneurs grow their business during a 12-week program that works to build partnerships and offers access to local mentors.
Here’s is a complete list of the 2014 Silicon Prairie Award winners:
Startup of the Year — MindMixer
Fellow finalists: Bulu Box, Higher Learning Technologies, opendorse and Travefy
New Startup of the Year — Pear Deck
Fellow finalists: Briefcase, Knoda, Nobl and Pushlee
Best Creation — ShotTracker
Fellow finalists: Bawte, Blumoo, Ocuvera and Social Media Monitor by Social Assurance
Executive of the Year — Toby Rush, EyeVerify
Fellow finalists: David Chait, Travefy; Nick Bowden, MindMixer; Paul Jarrett, Bulu Box; and Wade Arnold, Banno
Technologist of the Year — Caitlin Bales, Bulu Box
Fellow finalists: Adam England, Knoda; Chris Davis, Travefy; Timothy Braun, opendorse; and Zach Hilbert, CouponCloud
Designer of the Year — Katie Hottovy, Nobl
Fellow finalists: Ben Sinclair, Offspring; Jared Krause, Think Big Partners; Kelly Tomlinson, CremaLab; and Mark Palmer, Far Reach
Student Entrepreneur of the Year — Ryan Martinez
Fellow finalists: Blake Rupe, Brent Comstock, Coral and Spectator
Investor of the Year — Built by Iowa
Fellow finalists: Dundee Venture Capital, Linseed Capital, Nebraska Angels and OpenAir Equity Partners
Service Provider of the Year — University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
Fellow finalists: Advent IP, Bart Dillashaw, Chris Brown and Sculpt
Silicon Prairie Champion — Brian Ardinger, David Tominsky & Kevin McGinnis
Fellow finalists: Geoff Wood, Jennifer Wadella and Sumeet Jain
Best Culture — Bulu Box
Fellow finalists: Dewsly, MindMixer, Pack and SquareOffs
List of finalists courtesy of Silicon Prairie News.