BrokerTech Ventures outlines its mission through five “Towers of Operation”: the BrokerTech Ventures Accelerator, early-stage investments, innovation, capital and media/communications. The company is the Business Record’s 2021 innovationLEADER Award recipient. BrokerTech Ventures partners with 13 brokerage firms to serve startups designed to address specific needs of insurance agents and brokers. The team launched the inaugural […]

founder & CEO, VetMeasure Kevin Maher, the 2021 innovationENTREPRENEUR of the Year, founded VetMeasure Inc. in September 2015 to develop wearable technology supporting veterinary medicine. Located in the Iowa State University Research Park, the company launched its flagship product, the MeasureON! smart harness for dogs, designed to help veterinarians monitor hospitalized patients that experienced complications […]

In-person classes are back in session for students, but the network remains down one week after Des Moines Area Community College identified a cybersecurity threat in its network. When asked if the investigation has identified malware or ransomware attack on the network, a spokesperson referred the Business Record to statements updated daily on DMACC’s homepage, which […]

BrokerTech Ventures is partnering with the industry conference InsureTech Connect to host ITC’s BrokerTech Connect, a broker-focused insurtech series hosted during InsureTech Connect’s conference on Wednesday, Oct. 6 in Las Vegas. BrokerTech Ventures and ITC previously partnered in 2020 during the Agency Connect Virtual Conference, which attracted more than 2,000 brokers, agents and brokertech attendees […]

American Enterprise Group, Inc. (AEG) is releasing a new application processing platform for life and health policies in partnership with MRS, a global insurance automation firm. The new platform will allow straight-through processing and instant decisioning for real-time policy issuance. The partnership with MRS resulted from a previous connection between MRS and American Enterprise Ventures, […]

UScellular donated 140 wireless hotspots and at least 13 months of service to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa to ensure internet access through the 2021-22 school year, the company announced this week. The hotspots boost connectivity for Boys & Girls Clubs locations, and are loaned out to families to support access for […]

Des Moines Area Community College announced it is closing the college today as an investigation continues into a cybersecurity incident first identified Wednesday. The investigation prompted DMACC’s information technology department to voluntarily shut down all online instruction and the telephone system beginning Thursday afternoon. There is currently no indication that student or employee information has […]

PeachPay co-founders John Jago, David Mainayar and Aaryaman Anerao. Photo provided by PeachPay The Ames-based startup PeachPay is building a one-click payment solution for small merchants trying to operate on one of the largest e-commerce providers on the web. Co-founders and 2020 college graduates Aaryaman Anerao and David Mainayar connected through an internship at Kiwi Campus, […]

Family members of missing persons who post to social media are being targeted by scammers extorting them for ransom payments, the FBI warned in a public notice. Scammers in these schemes typically use social media to identify cases of missing persons, their family members and details of the disappearance before calling or messaging ransom demands, typically […]