The National Academy of Inventors is adding Iowa State University researchers Balaji Narasimhan and Guru Rao to its roster of academy fellows, ISU announced this week. Narasimhan is the director of ISU’s Nanovaccine Institute, and Rao is an associate vice president for research with focus in engineering proteins for nutritional enhancement of crops. Narasimhan and […]

FarmlandFinder, an Ames startup supporting farmland sales for buyers and sellers, raised $3 million in a seed funding round led by Cultivian Sandbox, with participation from Iowa Farm Bureau’s Rural Vitality Fund and Next Level Ventures. FarmlandFinder will use the funding to expand staff, founder and CEO Steven Brockshus said in a statement.

Each year the Business Record gets the pulse on key issues affecting the region’s business community from our audience. Back in October we reached out, and Des Moines leaders delivered. Catch a glimpse of what people thought about artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles in Des Moines and cybersecurity below, and look for the Business Record’s annual […]

The Iowa Economic Development Board awarded an $100,000 loan from the Demonstration Fund to INSEER Inc., an Iowa City startup which develops software to prevent, predict and mitigate workplace injuries using computer vision and deep machine learning. The loan will go toward intellectual property development and evaluation, product refinement, key personnel and equipment, the IEDA […]

The Iowa Innovation Challenge awarded $81,000 to 65 businesses launched by University of Iowa faculty, staff, students and incubator startups during the inaugural elevator pitch competition, UI announced this week. The Iowa Innovation Challenge is a new partnership between the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC), the Office of the Vice President for Research, the […]

Iowa State University has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy to lead a new cybersecurity center in what could be an $86.7 million national effort with other unnamed universities and other partners. The Iowa Economic Development Authority approved a $1.2 million grant for the Cybersecurity Research Institute for Manufacturing — should ISU be chosen […]

Two months after employees of the cybersecurity firm Coalfire were arrested during penetration testing of state and county courthouses, the security community in Iowa gathered in an Adel Public Library community room — just blocks from the Dallas County Courthouse where they were caught. Awareness Con, organized by Black Hills Information Security, went to the […]

Haber Technologies Inc. is launching a new grain drying and aeration system called the DRI-Stack, a new way to bin dry and aerate corn with high heat, during the 2019 Farm News Ag Show in Fort Dodge today. DRI-Stack’s announcement comes as Iowa farmers face a shortage of liquid propane necessary to dry crops harvested […]