Silicon Praire News First Annual Report

Check out  the state of the silicon prairie report. It would be nice to see this kind of report done for the Capital Region.

(clipping from the report:

Lincoln has come in fourth on the first-ever ranking of “Silicon Prairie” cities.

Silicon Prairie News, an Omaha-based website that covers the startup scene in Nebraska and other Midwest states, on Wednesday released its first-ever State of the Silicon Prairie report, which ranked 14 cities based on 2016 data.

Silicon Prairie News partnered with Chapman & Company, an Omaha-based startup consulting firm, to produce the 24-page report.

To rank the cities, Chapman & Company created an algorithm to measure and weigh a variety of data. Some of the data sources used for the report included number of startups, funding raised, quality and availability of broadband and workforce characteristics.

Lincoln, which is the sixth-largest metropolitan area out of the 14 ranked, came in fifth in raw data but fourth in the weighted rankings.

According to the report, Lincoln’s strengths include having successfully built a startup community that allows startup companies to “compete outside of their weight class.” Lincoln, the report said, “is clearly on the rise and one of the highlights of the Silicon Prairie.”

On the negative side, the report said Lincoln is lacking in corporate innovation, “despite having one of the most innovative large companies in the region, Nelnet.”

The report also said Lincoln needs another company to emerge as the next Hudl, referencing the sports video software company that has grown rapidly over the past decade.

Among the report’s recommendations for Lincoln are to keep building startup companies and have those companies create better ties with both the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and large corporations.

The report also suggested that Lincoln collaborate more with Omaha, which came in at No. 8 in the ranking.

Ames, Iowa, was the top city in the ranking, followed by Kansas City and St. Louis.

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