MercyOne has piloted a new patient-provider matching tool that aims to make it easier for patients to connect with a primary care physician. MercyOne worked with Patient Bond, started by former Procter & Gamble employees, to develop the online tool, said Janell Pittman, chief marketing and digital strategy officer for MercyOne. The 11-question quiz was developed […]

Wells Fargo last week announced new resources designed to help increase the growth of female-owned small businesses, including a $1.5 million grant to How Women Lead. The San Francisco-based banking company said the initiative is “aimed at disrupting the unequal venture capital system for women founders.” Wells Fargo said the grant is meant to seed […]

Talage Inc., a provider of digital distribution software products for commercial insurance, has announced $9 million in new venture funding. The round was led by Merus Capital, with participation by Calibrate Ventures, Hallador Financial, Advantage Capital and Reno Seed Fund. The Reno, Nev.-based company said it will use the funding to broaden its reach and increase […]

BrokerTech Ventures took a significant step last week toward its goal of building a connecting bridge between Israeli- and U.S.-based insurtech founders and insurance brokers. The Des Moines-based insurtech accelerator hosted a delegation representing the Israel InsurTech Accelerator, which was launched last year in partnership with BrokerTech Ventures as the first broker-led insurance accelerator in Israel. […]

American Equity Investment Life Holding Co., based in West Des Moines, announced Nov. 4 it has made a $1 billion investment in a dedicated technology lending platform developed by Monroe Capital LLC, a Chicago-based boutique asset management firm specializing in private credit. The new lending platform focuses on middle-market software, technology and recurring revenue (STARR) loans originated […]

Founder’s long-term goal is to create a new Des Moines-based freight hub Jeremy Spillman has a vision for using blockchain technology and “smart contracts” to bring trucking and the logistics industry into the 21st century. His Des Moines-based startup company, Toggle Inc., is currently conducting a private beta test of its new blockchain-driven digital freight […]

Minnesota-based Coupe Health LLC has purchased SPH LLC, formerly known as SimplePay Health, from insurance brokerage Holmes Murphy & Associates, the companies announced. Launched by Holmes Murphy in 2018, SPH is an alternative health care product for self-insured commercial employers. The SPH platform is designed to enable employees to easily search for high-quality medical and pharmacy plans. […]

MercyOne has partnered with Phreesia Inc., a Raleigh, N.C.- based health care technology company, to provide electronic screening of every MercyOne patient to evaluate unmet social needs. The Des Moines-based health system began using the screening platform developed by Phreesia in September 2020, and over the past year has conducted more than 35,000 social determinants of health […]

Market Wagon LLC, an online farmers market and delivery service, announced it has expanded to the Greater Des Moines area. The startup company, which launched in 2016 in Indianapolis, now operates local food networks in more than 30 metro areas with a focus on helping local farms and artisanal food vendors sell their products locally […]

A day after John Deere announced its acquisition of Bear Flag Robotics on Aug. 5, two of Deere’s autonomous agriculture leaders fielded questions via a conference call with reporters across the country about what the new partnership means for the agriculture industry and for Deere, whose Intelligent Solutions Group operates an expansive research and testing […]