Finding ways to attract high school students to a trades career is a tough nut to crack for industry advocates. At a student careers fair in Boone on Tuesday, Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa (ABC for short) showcased a new piece of the toolkit: a virtual reality-enabled demonstration trailer. Measuring in at about 36 […]
On International Women’s Day, a sobering stat: Just 0.2 percent of all venture capital dollars are invested in startups led by women of color, reports Inc.com. There are some startup founders trying to change the way business is done. Last year, 30 startups pooled together to establish the 22X Fund, which allows investors to buy into […]
Global networking group Tech Ladies is hosting a speed networking night on April 11, sponsored by Dwolla. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dwolla headquarters, participants will meet fellow Tech Ladies and chat for three to five minutes each. To register, visit the event page.
If you’re building a startup ecosystem, you’re prepared to accept that not every idea will make it in the business world. Might as well celebrate. That’s the idea behind the new Startup Funerals in Iowa City, hosted by the Iowa City Area Development Group, reports the Corridor Business Journal. ICAD hosted the inaugural Startup Funeral for […]
Sixty-two nominees in 14 categories were announced today as finalists for the 2018 Prometheus Awards, presented by LWBJ. The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) said nominees included five Iowa communities, company leaders, and local or global companies in a range of industries, including technology, agriculture, financial services, manufacturing and health care. The winners of each […]
What do you get when a chemist pokes his head into a physicist’s Iowa laboratory? Something very, very small. Two Central Iowa professors and a college-based venture capital incubator are behind the nanotechnology introduced in ExpresSeed, a new, portable genetic detection system. Developed by Aaron Santos and Derek Lyons at Simpson College, the hand-held system is only slightly […]
The 2019 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology is headed to Des Moines. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) says the industry convention will be held July 8-11, 2019, and will host executives, investors, policy makers and researchers from around the world. The 2018 BIO World Congress is scheduled for July 16-19 in Philadelphia.
NewBoCo in Cedar Rapids is taking registrations for a three-day “Flood of Ideas” event, scheduled June 8-10 at NewBoCo headquarters. Organizers say the event aims to build teams with ideas on disaster prevention, organizing volunteers, protecting houses or other needs. The event was inspired by the 2008 flood, which caused an estimated $500 million in damage to […]
A Des Moines-based initiative gives at-risk and refugee students their first boost inside STEM-based careers. Pi515 founder Nancy Mwirotsi is connecting Central Iowa students with sponsoring tech companies to teach STEM-related skills, including web/app development, robotics and financial literacy. The program gained 45 girls in the year’s first recruiting event, Mwirotsi said. Pi515 has already raised $15,000 […]
The Midwest Big Data Summer School is taking applications for researchers and professionals who want a boost in “big data.” To be held May 14-17 at Iowa State University, organizers say the program will help develop data-driven research, communication and understanding of ethical issues in participants, who can take one of four specialized tracks of study.