BrokerTech Ventures is launching the first step in international expansion with a partnership between the BrokerTech Ventures U.S. Accelerator and the newly formed Israeli InsurTech Accelerator, based in Tel Aviv. The accelerator will use BrokerTech Venture’s accelerator program to help local Israeli insurtech supporters build its own regional accelerator, while developing a connecting bridge between Israeli […]

Agtech startup Rantizo raised $7.5 million in series A funding, led by Leaps by Bayer and investors Fall Line Capital, Innova Memphis, Lewis & Clark Ventures, KZValve and Sukup Manufacturing, the startup announced on Wednesday. Additional participants include ISA Ventures, AgVentures Alliance and other angel investors, bringing Rantizo’s total funding raised to date to nearly […]

University of Iowa Health Care is contracting with Caresyntax, a medical analytics and AI company developing procedural-based specialty technology in disciplines such as surgery, interventional radiology and obstetrics. The agreement between Caresyntax and UI Health Care will use real-time data to improve patient safety and efficiency of surgeries performed at the university medical center, Caresyntax […]

Alliant Energy is seeking applications for its 2021 Innovation Scholarships, which will award 25 students a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must be age 24 or under and enrolling for the first time at an undergraduate school, and must be a dependent child of a current Alliant Energy customer or a customer themselves. More information is available online. 

Homesteaders Life Co. is offering a free video download to help funeral professionals host virtual holiday memorial services. The video, created by grief expert Jason Troyer, is called “Grieving During the Holidays” and features a message of comfort for client families as well as practical strategies for coping with grief. “As funeral professionals know, the […]

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines has made improvements to the  GIVEdsm.org website to meet increased demand for support and services because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a news release, the foundation hopes that by enhancing the website, it can make more connections between community members and nonprofits in need of support. GIVEdsm.org, launched in […]

A tower torch with a flame of up to 20 feet high once burned excess methane gas away at WRA facilities. Now after a nearly $20 million upgrade over the last few years, the WRA can convert excess biogas into natural gas for residential and commercial energy. Photo provided by the Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater […]

A combined solar field and battery storage facility hosts more than 9,500 solar panels at Alliant Energy’s Marshalltown Solar Garden, the first project by Alliant that combines solar panels and battery storage in the state.  Set next to Alliant Energy’s Marshalltown Generating Station, the solar panels power about 400 homes, and the battery powers about […]

Deere & Co. has received 5G licenses in five Iowa and Illinois counties as part of the Federal Communications Commission auction for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service 3.5 GHz spectrum, enabling Deere to accelerate the availability of 5G in its largest manufacturing facilities in North America, the company announced this week. Providing 5G access and […]