A Des Moines-based app dedicated to connecting nonprofits to donors is rebranding as the team begins work to expand connections outside of Iowa.  Beginning this month, the Given platform is rebranding to Grateful — a new name that reflects the emotions donors report when they choose to give to local nonprofits, said founder Matt Ostanik.  […]

The Celebrate! Innovation (ciLive! 12) annual speaker series at Des Moines Area Community College will be held virtually March 10-11 and will livestream all speaker presentations via e360tv, YouTube and Facebook Live, DMACC announced this week. This year’s presenters include a NASA analog astronaut, a leading oceanographer, a top wilderness survivalist, a classical violinist and […]

Des Moines computer vision startup Roboflow raised $2.1 million in a new seed round led by Craft Ventures and Lachy Groom, months after graduating from the Y Combinator’s Summer 2020 batch, Roboflow announced today. The funding round is in addition to $500,000 raised by Roboflow from angel investors following the Y Combinator Demo Day presentation.  The […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator announced seven insurtech startups joining the accelerator’s 2021 cohort. Based in Des Moines, the GIA will open this year’s 100-day program virtually on Jan. 19, the accelerator announced on Wednesday.  “The startups selected as part of our 2021 cohort have solutions for all lines of business which, with time, dollars, and development, […]

Missouri-based network infrastructure and data center provider Bluebird Network acquired its second data center from Geneseo Communications in Bettendorf, Data Center Dynamics reported on Tuesday. The 57,000-square-foot, 6-megawatt ColoHub facility is a former grocery store and was used for Bitcoin mining. The new data center will provide low-latency redundant services to customers in the Quad City area, […]

A University of Iowa physicist has been awarded $2.3 million in federal funding to continue studying the foundational aspects of quantum computing in theoretical high-energy physics, reports the Corridor Business Journal. Yannick Meurice, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, had previously been awarded $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science. […]

Corteva Agricscience announced that Sam Eathington has joined the company as its new senior vice president and chief technology officer, leading Corteva’s research and development organization. According to a news release, he will lead the company’s R&D as it works to advance its portfolio and drive global agricultural innovation. Eathington began his new role on Jan. […]

The U.S. Small Business Administration will hold a live webinar today, Jan. 7, at noon to announce details about Ascent, a new online learning platform for women-owned small businesses. The new learning platform, which was first announced by the SBA in May 2019, was built to provide a modern e-learning experience for female business owners. […]