By the end of May, the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator welcomes six new startups fresh on the agriculture field to Des Moines. Each of those startups selected to participate receives $40,000 in seed funding, subsidized housing throughout the 94 days, and time to build mentorships, partnerships and a broader agritech network in Iowa, Executive Director Megan […]

Co-founder and CEO Arsalan Lodhi likes to compare agtech startup Wisran to public utilities metering. Without water or gas meters, Lodhi said, communities would have no way to track the waste of resources incurred by residents, and costs would look much different. “The same concept and principles we are bringing to farming operations,” Lodhi said, […]

The 2018 Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) Conference will take place July 24-26 in downtown Des Moines, the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) announced today. TECNA represents more than 50 IT and technology trade organizations comprised of more than 22,000 technology-related companies in North America. TAI board member and Des Moines entrepreneur Ben Milne […]

EntreFEST 2018’s opening keynote is still fresh in attendees’ minds after keynote speaker Victor Hwang, vice president of entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, laid the foundation for attendees to explore building local economies by ecosystem instead of building individual-by-individual. It seemed fitting for Hwang to commence the conference on the topic of ecosystems in Cedar Rapids, […]

Buckle up: 2025 is only seven years away. Last week Aaron Proietti, founder of Adaptivity Enterprises and a self-proclaimed futurist, offered EntreFEST conference attendees in Cedar Rapids several thoughtful predictions of what to expect from the world in less than 10 years. “The technologies that I’ve shown here are not inherently good or evil, but […]

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council received $200,000 to support Iowa’s STEM initiative for three years, the council announced on Friday. “The STEM Council is making significant strides towards helping prepare students for future careers. We believe our investment in STEM is essential to help grow Iowa’s talent pipeline,” said Adriana Johnson, community program manager […]