More than 27,000 people have been contacted after UnityPoint Health was affected by a ransomware attack against third-party vendor Blackbaud, a cloud-based provider of fundraising and finance services for education and nonprofit entities, reports KCCI. The attack, which took place between Feb. 7-May 20, impacted patients and donors within the St. Luke’s Foundation in Sioux […]

The STEM Next Opportunity Fund announced a multiyear $50,000 grant to the Iowa Afterschool Alliance as part of the Million Girls Moonshot, an initiative launched by the Intel Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The effort is designed to engage 1 million school-age girls in the U.S. in […]

The University of Iowa’s Venture School, developed by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC), is expanding to Mason City, Cedar Falls, Iowa City and Des Moines next month, the Venture School announced this week. JPEC centers at the Northern Iowa Area Community College, the University of Northern Iowa, Drake University and the Small Business […]

U.S. Cellular has expanded access to the company’s 5G network for 19 communities in central Iowa, the company announced Wednesday. Customers in parts of Ackworth, Albion, Attica, Bevington, Cedar, Clutier, Cooper, Cumming, De Soto, Fontanelle, Hartwick, Lincoln, Lynnville, Malcolm, Martensdale, Pleasant Hill, St. Charles, St. Marys and Spring Hill can now access 5G coverage along […]

Des Moines-based Navigate Wellbeing Solutions is offering access to a 10-part virtual speaker series free to the public and has created Project Care, a suite of resources including virtual care packages and additional client resources for employers seeking to address mental health care of employees, the company announced this week. The speaker series launched on […]

A new product launched by Dwolla this week allows businesses fast payouts to customer debit cards, the company announced. The Push-to-Debit payment functionality for Dwolla customers allows businesses to access a programmable payments infrastructure for bank-to-bank transfers and offers a disbursement option for payments to be sent to a user’s debit card. More information is available […]

Techstars Iowa announced the 10 international startups making up the accelerator’s inaugural class for 2020, including two Iowa startups: Deetz, a hyperlocal platform connecting users to local community deals and events, and Openloop, a health care platform connecting providers to job openings in hospitals and other facilities requiring extra staff assistance.  The inaugural class represents […]

Applications are open for two Microsoft Community Empowerment Funds targeting Des Moines organizations and nonprofits serving Central Iowa. The two funds will target three priority sectors: digital literacy and participation, environmental sustainability and skill-building, and workforce development in digital and trade skills. Microsoft is offering up to $10,000 in grants for Community Small Projects, and […]

Troy Vincent of Navigate Wellbeing Solutions has been named a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 Heartland Awards. Vincent is CEO of Navigate, a West Des Moines-based wellness platform. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration of the Entrepreneur of the Year national award, to be announced by Ernst & Young LLP in November […]