An Iowa State University recruitment program geared toward international students, which was first piloted in December 2020, expanded its programming during 2021. The Office of Admissions and the Student Innovation Center’s Innovation Fellows program partnered to develop the virtual international program called Innovation Fellows-in-Training (I-FiT) in 2020 when the pandemic made it difficult to form personal […]

Genesis Youth Foundation, a Des Moines-based nonprofit serving refugee and immigrant families, announced Jan. 11 that it will start providing job training and technology and financial literacy programming for adults. Partnerships with Google, Principal Financial, United Way of Central Iowa and Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Iowa Workforce initiatives have made the programs possible, and will also ensure […]

America’s Cultivation Corridor announced Tuesday the new members of its board of directors for its 2022-23 leadership term. Cory Reed, president of worldwide agriculture and turf division at John Deere, will serve as the chair of the board of directors. Reed was vice chair during the 2021-22 term. “Iowa’s leadership in agriculture, food and ag bioscience is […]

Before the holidays, I sat down with America’s Cultivation Corridor Executive Director Billi Hunt (right) and Senior Director of Strategy and Project Management Tracy Uhlman (left) for coffee and a conversation about Cultivo Virtual Academy, the Corridor’s partnerships and its 2022 focus on sustainability. To wrap things up, I asked a few quick questions to get to know […]

Details of settlement not yet public; it now awaits judge’s approval The West Des Moines City Council on Tuesday approved a settlement agreement between Mediacom and the city of West Des Moines resolving a lawsuit over the Des Moines suburb’s partnership with Google Fiber on a citywide broadband network. Details of the settlement are not yet […]

The 11 speakers who will present at the 2022 ciLive! conference at the DMACC West Campus in March were announced during a live event Monday. This year’s line up includes cybersecurity expert and ethical hacker Bryan Seely, conservation photographer and underwater journalist Jennifer Adler, and a panel of three space leaders. For the full list, […]

The Angel Capital Association, a collective of accredited angel investors, announced Tuesday it has formed the Angel Investor Foundation. The foundation was created as an effort to expand the association’s angel investing education program, the Ann and Bill Payne ACA Angel University, renamed for the foundation’s first major donors, according to a news release. Delivering educational […]

A first cohort of 10 Iowa City entrepreneurs was announced Tuesday for the Idea Accelerator, which launched in December. Each entrepreneur has a business idea that they will develop during the 90-day virtual accelerator. Ideas vary widely, from seeking child care solutions to developing a new model for healthy living, according to a release. Iowa City Area […]

Project will enable better storytelling, goal-setting for startups, creators say Diana Wright, startup community builder at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, was picking up on a need last year to better understand and measure Iowa’s startup and entrepreneurship activity. There isn’t a comprehensive data source showcasing startups in Iowa, which meant any local tracking had […]