At the morning keynote on June 4, NewBoCo Executive Director Eric Engelmann sat down at his computer with a plastic toy hand-clapper and gave it a good shake. The session’s “pre-standing ovation,” an EntreFEST tradition, would go on as planned — even over Zoom, with a sea of audience microphones muted.  Keeping conference attendees engaged […]

The original Des Moines Securities Map from the 1930s, on display at Undesign: DSM by Polk County Housing Trust Fund. A link to the map’s original descriptions is available here.  A red line runs through the old Franklin Junior High in Des Moines, highlighting what residents of the city couldn’t see for years. When the pandemic […]

Des Moines “smart building” startup Igor is launching Nexos Intelligent Disinfection, an ultraviolet lighting (UV-C) platform offering automated facility disinfection control. Nexos Intelligent Disinfection uses Igor’s Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connectivity to integrate other available disinfection systems, such as intelligent air purifiers or gas vaporizers, into a data dashboard for building managers. The platform can also be configured […]

The West Des Moines school district’s Community Education Department received a $2,670 award from the Microsoft Community Empowerment Fund to support the new CareerUp program. CareerUp will provide workforce development classes tailored to adult English language learners through appropriate cultural and linguistic approaches, and offer workshop facilitation training to community-based organizations. 

Iowa has received $26.2 million in federal relief to fund broadband access for students, the Iowa Department of Education announced this week. Iowa’s grant is part of the nearly $3 billion Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Iowa Department of Education and the […]

The East Polk Innovation Collaborative, Facebook and other local partners have established the East Polk County Relief Fund for local COVID-19 relief, supported by an initial $350,000 contribution by Facebook, the company announced this week. The fund will designate $250,000 for small business support and $100,000 for nonprofit and individual assistance. Small businesses and nonprofits […]

Nebullam Inc., an indoor farming company located in the Iowa State University Research Park, launched a new farm food delivery service to connect Central Iowa residents with locally grown produce. Founded in 2017, Nebullam primarily served local grocers and restaurants through Central Iowa, but lost more than 70% of its customer base once COVID-19 prompted […]