Ag Startup Engine, an Ames-based program that offers seed investment and investor connections to early-stage agriculture startups, announced Feb. 21 it has added Indianapolis, Ind.-based Croft to its portfolio companies. According to a news release, Croft has developed an online Agribusiness Workforce Platform to help address challenges around seasonal labor, worker productivity and farm operations optimization. Croft founders Scott […]

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday that a project led by Iowa State University researchers and Montezuma Municipal Light & Power has been selected for award negotiations with the goal of building the first “microgrid” in a rural Iowa community. A microgrid is a small-scale electricity network that can operate as an independent system or […]

The Iowa Rural Development Council, a public-private statewide nonprofit supporting small towns, has opened registration for the 2024 Iowa Rural Summit. The event is scheduled for April 11-12 at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center in Ames. Rural communities are invited to bring three-person teams, which has helped generate momentum after previous events, according to a […]

The Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio) is now accepting applications for the 2024 Future Biotech Leaders Scholarship through March 11. The scholarship is awarded to Iowa high school juniors and seniors who exhibit the best use of biotechnology. IowaBio has awarded more than 100 scholarships since 2000. To learn more and apply, click here.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency is investing $1,213,603 in 13 grants and $43,957,700 in five loans to projects in Iowa that promote rural small businesses, provide technical assistance and support public works infrastructure. Greene County Development Corp. received a $95,703 Rural Business Development Grant to provide technical assistance to emerging businesses in Greene […]

The Technology Association of Iowa’s 2024 Iowa Technology Summit, scheduled for April 8-9 in Des Moines, is now open for registration. Two Iowa chief information officers — Kathy Kay of Principal Financial Group and Paul Hlivko of Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield — will give the keynote presentation on the widespread impact of artificial intelligence. Other […]

The Iowa Economic Development Authority awards funding to startups in the form of low-interest loans through its Innovation Continuum, which includes five funds that are designed to offer companies non-dilutive funding at every stage of business growth. The funds are: Proof of Commercial Relevance (POCR), Demonstration Fund and the Innovation Acceleration Fund, which offers Launch, Propel and […]

EO Iowa, a branch of the national nonprofit Entrepreneurs’ Organization, hosted its fourth annual Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), a statewide competition where student entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to a panel of judges. The competition has regional, national and international levels that winners of each round advance to. Iowa State University student Cam Reiman, founder of Spock’s Sanctuary, […]