Middle Bit: Nominations now open for Prometheus Awards

The nomination period is now open for the 2019 Prometheus Awards, hosted by the Technology Association of Iowa.

This year features several new award categories: Fintech & InsurTech Company of the Year, Creative Technology Solution of the Year, Best Technology Company Culture and Emerging Leader of the Year.

The “Best Technology Company Culture” award recognizes a technology company that has created a workplace culture that inspires employees to succeed and drives the organization’s growth through leadership development, talent recruitment and retention, and the cultivation of inclusive environments and hiring practices.

The “Emerging Leader of the Year” award celebrates an individual not yet at the executive or VP level within an organization, who has made a significant impact and demonstrates outstanding, continuous achievement. The individual represents the next generation of technology leaders who have made and will continue to make an impact on Iowa’s technology community.

“Since its debut 14 years ago, The Prometheus Awards has become the technology industry’s most prized honors,” said Brian Waller, President of TAI. “The only statewide awards ceremony to exclusively recognize Iowa technologists, these awards focus on the past year’s amazing achievements by technology organizations and their leadership. The awards are fundamental to the spirit and unity of Iowa’s technology community.”

The nomination period is open through Friday, February 1, 2019. Award winners will be announced at The Prometheus Awards dinner on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Downtown Des Moines.

Click here to submit a nomination or for more information.

What else is happening?

Minnesota

Sezzle, a startup that makes it easier for consumers to pay for online purchases in installments closed on $100 million in financing. The Minneapolis-based company landed the capital from Stamford, Conn.-based investment firm Bastion, which provides debt capital to finance companies. Sezzle said that it would put the capital toward expansion efforts. -Minneapolis Business Journal

Nebraska

Six aspiring startup companies pitched their products to potential investors on Thursday at the sixth NMotion Demo Day at the Rococo Theatre. The event was put on by NMotion, a Nebraska-based startup accelerator that specializes in helping fledgling businesses get off the ground. -Lincoln Journal Star

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madison spinout Fetch Rewards, Inc. has raised $8 million in venture funding from undisclosed investors on November 29, 2018. The company plans to use the money for general corporate purposes. The company previously raised $9.56 million in August 2017, and $8.5 million in May 2015. –Silicon Prairie News