The Technology Association of Iowa is accepting applications for speakers at the 2022 Iowa Technology Summit scheduled for April 11-12. Professionals who have real-world experience using technology to solve common problems are encouraged to apply. Tentative topics will include cybersecurity and leadership, and applicants can suggest others. The application deadline is Jan. 26. Learn more and […]

The Business Record began releasing results from the 2021 Leader’s Survey in the Nov. 26 print edition. Our annual survey asks business leaders to share what they feel are some of the top issues affecting business in Central Iowa, and in particular the Greater Des Moines region. The following is a selection of responses from leaders who […]

Rantizo, an Iowa City-based startup providing drone crop spraying equipment and services, is the first U.S. company to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use the DJI Agras T-30 drone for agricultural applications. The drone launched earlier in 2021 but required approval from the FAA because it weighs more than 55 pounds. “This […]

Iowa State University and the University of Iowa both ranked on the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine’s list of the top 50 undergraduate programs for entrepreneurship, ranking at No. 11 and No. 28, respectively. The list was based on a 60-question survey of almost 300 schools with entrepreneurship offerings that included questions about student and […]

The Technology Association of Iowa released Wednesday the following legislative priorities for 2022: Connectivity: Facilitate high-performance internet connectivity using the best available technologies for all Iowans. Education access: Support programs, such as Future Ready Iowa, that connect Iowans to the training and education required for good-paying jobs and careers to improve people’s lives. IEDA funding: […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Monday a $1.2 million Future Ready Iowa grant opportunity for employers that are developing workforce solutions. The Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund is designed to expand opportunities for Iowans to earn postsecondary credentials that lead to high-demand jobs. The funds can be used to support credit and noncredit programs, along with […]

Dr. Heidi Vermeer-Quist “lives” family business, both personally and professionally. Her personal experience is as a member of the Vermeer family, which owns Pella-based manufacturer Vermeer Corp. She also co-owns two businesses with her husband: a family business consulting firm called VQ Consult, and Heartland Christian Counseling, where she practices as a clinical psychologist. Businesses that are family-owned […]

Cultivo Virtual Academy announced Wednesday that six international startup companies have completed its six-week virtual Global Innovation Program. Hosted by America’s Cultivation Corridor, the program provided an online curriculum and mentorship and networking opportunities with Iowa’s agricultural leaders with the goal of helping the companies prepare to enter the U.S. market. The third cohort is planned for […]

California-based Internet backbone and colocation provider Hurricane Electric has established a new “point of presence” in Des Moines, providing customers new connectivity options and access to Hurricane Electric’s global network, which has more than 250 major exchange points across the world. The internet exchange in Des Moines, called Des Moines IX, is now the most geographically centered […]