Tim Zhang, owner of Des Moines-based Starkline, is in the final round of the Making It … With Lowe’s pitch competition, which aims to give diverse small business owners an opportunity to sell their product in Lowe’s stores. Zhang’s electrical netting product is in contention to be the Fan Favorite; the product with the most votes will receive […]

America’s Cultivation Corridor launched its second iteration of Cultivo Virtual Academy Tuesday with a cohort of six startups from around the world. The six-week virtual program connects the participating companies with mentors and Iowa’s agricultural leaders and provides a curriculum focused on entering the U.S. market and navigating regulatory and finance systems.  “It is exciting to welcome a […]

MercyOne has partnered with Phreesia Inc., a Raleigh, N.C.- based health care technology company, to provide electronic screening of every MercyOne patient to evaluate unmet social needs. The Des Moines-based health system began using the screening platform developed by Phreesia in September 2020, and over the past year has conducted more than 35,000 social determinants of health […]

BrokerTech Ventures announced on Sept. 30 the addition of its newest broker partner, UNICO Group, based in Lincoln, Neb. The new partner brings BrokerTech’s portfolio up to 15 of the most sizable and innovative brokerage firms in North America, according to a release. UNICO Group’s services include business, personal and telecommunications insurance as well as financial […]

Mason City manufacturer Metalcraft named Kyle Bermel as its new president, with Steve Doerfler remaining as CEO. Bermel started with Metalcraft in 2012 as a radio-frequency identification engineer, and he served as chief operating officer for the last two years before becoming president. The leadership change comes as Metalcraft is serving a growing market with its property […]

Inside the intimate auditorium at the Science Center of Iowa, an audience of startup community partners, members and investors displayed their energy and excitement for the 2021 Techstars Iowa cohort at the Demo Day event Wednesday. Founders from the 10 companies each spent three minutes pitching their concepts and sharing the progress they achieved during […]