Thanks to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City-based foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation, for sponsoring the Livestream and Video Series, and to our video and post-production team made up of Event1 Video and Evolve.

Thinc Iowa, a Silicon Prairie News premier event, is held each October to provide a common ground for startups and corporations to explore partnerships, examine innovation and share lessons learned.

Music: "Allegrotto con Moto ma Rubato" by MAT64 (

Robbie Vitrano is a co-founder and chairman of Trumpet, a venture marketing company that is a manifestation of the reinventing of New Orleans. His point of view: New Orleans is the Social Innovation Silicon Valley, an urban microcosm of the economic, political, social, environmental and cultural issues being re-evaluated in the U.S. and around the world. In 2009, Fast Company named Trumpet to its list of the 10 Most Innovative Advertising Agencies. Since 2005, he has evolved his branding experience to focus on startups, such as Naked Pizza. Vitrano is also co-founder of the entrepreneurial hub Idea Village, which has helped to launch more than 200 ventures in New Orleans.


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