Silicon Prairie News: State of the Prairie Annual Report 2018


Silicon Prairie News asked Chapman and Company to assist in creating an annual report outlining the state of the Silicon Prairie.

The methodology for the report was created and executed by Chapman and Company. As outlined in the report, our methodology is rooted in the belief that ecosystems have eight specific components.

  1. Small business activity

  2. Cool jobs

  3. Sustaining companies

  4. Structure

  5. Innovation

  6. Venture investment

  7. Community spirit

  8. Connectivity

Chapman and Company attempted to measure these components using relatively near-term measurements says the report. The challenge in measuring startup activity and entrepreneurship is that there is always a desire for more accuracy – but more accuracy usually occurs at the cost of time or comparables.

Amy Gehling