Kent Corporation announced the opening of a new Kent Innovation Center on the Research Park campus at the Iowa State University, the company announced in a press release. Kent Corporation will be able to collaborate with more than 90 Iowa companies through Kent Corporation’s Enterprise Innovation Group, the company said in a statement. Jeff Underwood, […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator released the names of 16 featured companies worldwide presenting at the 2018 InsureTech Week, scheduled for Oct. 22-26. Each company will present to the public on Wednesday, Oct. 24, and will be available to schedule 1:1 sessions with visitors throughout the week. This year’s international participants are: Album Health (Des Moines), […]

The University of Iowa will seek permission from the Board of Regents to convert the former UI Art Building to an innovation center, reports the Corridor Business Journal. The building, where American folk artist Grant Wood worked out of, opened in 1936 as an arts colony. “By bringing together inventors, creators and leaders from a […]

By training, Dr. Zhu “Drew” Zhang is a computer scientist teaching at Iowa State University’s Ivy College of Business. By enthusiasm, practice and dedication, Zhang is a bit of a self-taught linguistics expert. It started when he moved from his hometown in northern China to school in the south, where the difference in dialects was so […]

A John Deere tractor fitted with Smart Ag’s AutoCart driverless technology trucks through a demonstration field during the 2018 Farm Progress Show. Photo by Kate Hayden Driverless cars may take over most of the national headlines these days, but an Iowa software company is betting that autonomous vehicles can make a much larger impact off […]

Artist’s rendering of the Maple Ventures renovation design, expected to open on Oct. 1. Illustration provided by Ramco Innovations. At Ramco Innovations on Maple Street, the warehouse was not an immediate contender to house up-and-coming startups. In fact, renting space and offering administrative assistance from the 50-year-old Ramco business wasn’t even a formal strategy when the company […]

BLOOMBERG: Months after the Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted Facebook’s daily business, LinkedIn Corp, the Microsoft-owned social networking site for professionals, says it will open its trove of user data to approved academic researchers. Chief data officer Igor Perisic made the announcement in a blog post on Monday, insisting LinkedIn will have controls in place to […]

BirdDogHR CEO Todd Skokan is named as the SaaS Report’s Top 50 SaaS CEOS of 2018, BirdDogHR reported Wednesday. Rankings are based on company growth, work culture, product technology, financial performance and professional experience, according to the SaaS Report. BirdDogHR grew from 12 employees in 2013 to more than 60, earning the company a spot […]

The MERGE Innovation Space in downtown Iowa City is a finalist for the national University Economic Development Association’s (UEDA) 2018 Awards of Excellence, reports the Corridor Business Journal. The co-working space is one of four contenders in the Talent + Innovation category, and will be recognized along with the University of Iowa for encouraging “a […]

Genie the BeamPro robot is ready to deliver private tours at Davenport’s Figge Art Museum, even when the participants are miles away, reports the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Thanks to a partnership between Genesis Health System, the nonprofit Living Proof Exhibit and the Figge, medical patients undergoing long-term infusion/chemotherapy treatments can take a live tour through […]