Dwolla released the new Real-Time Payments product on Tuesday, allowing Dwolla clients to send money directly to a bank account using the RTP Network established by the Automated Clearing House, an association owned by 24 of the world’s largest banks. The platform was launched in partnership with Cross River Bank, one of the first community banks […]

Gabriel Glynn, CEO and cofounder of West Des Moines-based MakuSafe, is one of the top 25 leaders in manufacturing as recognized by SME Media’s Smart Manufacturing Magazine, MakuSafe announced this week. Glynn and co-founder/CTO Mark Frederick launched MakuSafe’s wearable armband devices and MakuSmart SaaS platform to the market in early 2020 as a process management and risk […]

Registration is available online for the Iowa Technology Summit presented by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, hosted virtually this year by the Technology Association of Iowa on May 24-25. The event will feature the Cybersecurity and Technology Innovation sessions on May 24, and Industry 4.0 and Leadership sessions on May 25. Attendance is free […]

Registration is available now for the first Black and Brown Business Summit hosted by the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, scheduled for April 22-23. Hosted at Athene, the summit is organized by the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce’s 27-member Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, led by Chamber Vice Chairperson Angela Jackson. Despite offering only limited […]

Ankeny-based PowerPollen has successfully patented its pollination-on-demand technology, the company announced last week. PowerPollen’s pollination technology applies collected pollen to female plants directly rather than relying on the male plant’s pollen shedding window, which maximizes yield and reduces the impact of adverse weather, PowerPollen said in a statement.

Seven international startup companies will join the first six-week Cultivo Virtual Academy, America’s Cultivation Corridor announced. The program is designed to provide participants with networking and mentorship among Iowa’s agricultural leaders and an online curriculum focused on U.S. market entry, regulatory and financing systems and customer perspectives. The program begins April 13. Participating companies are Australian […]

At least $107 billion worth of homes across the U.S. have two things in common: The properties are at high risk of flooding in the next 30 years, and they sit in neighborhoods permanently affected by the racist 1930s-era practice known as redlining, a new analysis by Redfin and the First Street Foundation reported this month. Although […]

A mockup of the mobile Farmmee platform, expected to launch this spring. Contributed image A new mobile app launching for agricultural producers this spring is designed to connect farmers with equipment to farmers with jobs, the founders say. The Farmmee app is expected to launch after April 1 following a year of development and piloting […]

Applications for the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Competition are now open. The statewide competition will award $100,000 in cash prizes, including a first place award of $40,000. Iowa businesses that have been in operation for four years or less, or are not yet cash flow positive are eligible to apply. Participants will be judged on […]