Innovation Index: Creative Corridor cleans up at Silicon Prairie Awards and more startup news for August 23

Innovation Index: Creative Corridor cleans up at Silicon Prairie Awards and more startup news for August 23

Welcome to the Innovation Index! Each week, I’ll round up links and stories from around the web relating to startups, innovation and entrepreneurship in Iowa’s Creative Corridor and around the state. You can help! Email me news and notes.  Quotable: “It’s not just that lions are badass. It’s what the lion represents in the history of Cedar Rapids. Ours is a story of resourceful people dominating the industries they enter. It’s a story of courage, strength, and perseverance.” —David Tominsky, program Manager of the Iowa Startup Accelerator, on his personal mission to associate Cedar Rapids with lions. #lionsarebadass News and notes: Creative Corridor companies and people represented well again this year at the Silicon Prairie Awards, hosted Thursday evening in Kansas City. Five of 13 Golden Analogs came home to Iowa (bolded below), with four of those coming to the Creative Corridor region. New Startup of the Year — Pear Deck  Silicon Prairie Champion — Brian Ardinger, David Tominsky & Kevin McGinnis Student Entrepreneur of the Year — Ryan Martinez (Sioux City) Investor of the Year — Built by Iowa Service Provider of the Year — University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center Startup of the Year — MindMixer Best Creation — ShotTracker Executive of the Year — Toby Rush, EyeVerify Technologist of the Year — Caitlin Bales, Bulu Box Designer of the Year — Katie Hottovy, Nobl Best Culture — Bulu Box Congrats to all the winners and nominees! Read more via Silicon Prairie News, Des Moines Register. The Inc. 5,000 list was announced, inlcuding 30 companies from Iowa. The annual list is Inc. Magazine’s ranking of the fastest-growing privately-held companies in America. Read more via Des Moines Register. In less cheerful news,…