8 Silicon Prairie Startups Worth Watching

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Welcome to Silicon Prairie

Who says all of the cool start-ups are on the coasts? The so-called Silicon Prairie is utterly thriving. Missouri beat out both California and New York for growth in technology jobs earlier this year and entrepreneurial activity surged in the Midwest from 1996 through 2011.

Meanwhile, Hyde Park Venture Partners in Chicago is plunking $2.7 million into five early-stage start-ups, and sleeper cities like Des Moines are creating new jobs.

Here are eight of the most promising Midwest start-ups setting the bar for the rest.