Jenny Vipperman, chief lending officer for Florida-based VyStar Credit Union, has joined LenderClose’s board of directors, the fintech lending platform announced Tuesday. “Our growth goals are aggressive, and that calls for an experienced set of directors who are highly attuned to market conditions affecting borrowers, financial institutions, and the end-users of our technology,” said LenderClose CEO […]

BrokerTech Ventures announced Wednesday a second year of a strategic partnership with InsureTech Connect, the world’s largest insurtech conference. During the 2022 InsureTech Connect conference this fall, BTV will again host the BrokerTech Connect insurtech series focused on the insurance broker community. This year’s series will include broker-centric thought leaders, industry expertise, entertainment, and a BTV […]

Pi515 announced Wednesday it has been awarded a multiyear $200,000 Black Women Impact grant from Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women initiative. The money is available for any use and will be distributed over two years starting in July, according to a news release. “This multi-year investment will help us scale our efforts in preparing […]

Clippernomics starts classes after completing Drake Business Accelerator Clippernomics Barber Shop and Beauty Salon owner Marc Nalls, who is better known as Tony Mac, opened a new barber college in Des Moines since the only other one in the city recently closed. Before the first Clippernomics Academy of Hairstyling classes started earlier this month, he had purchased […]

The Idea Accelerator, a national accelerator led by Heartland Forward, is running a summer cohort of the program with 10 new Iowa City entrepreneurs following the conclusion of the first cohort in May. Builders and Backers and the Iowa City Area Development Group are continuing to partner with Heartland Forward to deliver the program. Heartland […]

The Technology Association of Iowa has announced the graduation of the inaugural cohort of the Iowa Technology Leadership Institute. There were 25 members in the cohort who are technology leaders at technology companies across Iowa looking to take the next step in their careers. The classes focus on the nontechnical aspects of leadership that technical […]

The Iowa Economic Development Authority at its Friday meeting awarded Cedar Rapids-based nonprofit NewBoCo a $100,000 grant through the Entrepreneurial Investment Awards Program. NewBoCo will use the grant to launch its Community Partners Pilot Program in Mason City and Mount Pleasant, which will work to fill gaps in the local entrepreneurial environment by combining NewBoCo programming […]

Wells Fargo announced Tuesday it will expand its Connect to More program and its partnership with the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center with a goal of providing mentorship opportunities to more than 1,000 women entrepreneurs. More than 500 women received mentorship opportunities last year, according to a news release. The Connect to More program first started in summer 2021 […]

The National Center on Self-Employment, Business Ownership, and Telecommuting has issued a report authored by the Harkin Institute identifying ways vocational rehabilitation agencies can enhance business-ownership and self-employment opportunities for people with disabilities, especially those categorized as having the most significant disabilities. According to a release, the rate of individuals with disabilities who are self-employed is about […]