Each year the Business Record gets the pulse on key issues affecting the region’s business community from our audience. Back in October we reached out, and Des Moines leaders delivered. Catch a glimpse of what people thought about artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles in Des Moines and cybersecurity below, and look for the Business Record’s annual […]

The Iowa Economic Development Board awarded an $100,000 loan from the Demonstration Fund to INSEER Inc., an Iowa City startup which develops software to prevent, predict and mitigate workplace injuries using computer vision and deep machine learning. The loan will go toward intellectual property development and evaluation, product refinement, key personnel and equipment, the IEDA […]

The Iowa Innovation Challenge awarded $81,000 to 65 businesses launched by University of Iowa faculty, staff, students and incubator startups during the inaugural elevator pitch competition, UI announced this week. The Iowa Innovation Challenge is a new partnership between the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC), the Office of the Vice President for Research, the […]

Iowa State University has applied to the U.S. Department of Energy to lead a new cybersecurity center in what could be an $86.7 million national effort with other unnamed universities and other partners. The Iowa Economic Development Authority approved a $1.2 million grant for the Cybersecurity Research Institute for Manufacturing — should ISU be chosen […]

Cedar Rapids’ New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative, known as NewBoCo, last week unveiled several new initiatives including the expansion of its Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA) program to Iowa City and a new $30 million venture fund to help propel those companies as they grow, reports the Corridor Business Journal.  NewBoCo leaders shared their big plans for […]

Scratch Cupcakery in West Des Moines is one of 50 bakeries across the U.S. partnering with Facebook on May 10 to launch a new feature called Birthday Stories on the social media platform. From 9:30 a.m. until supplies last, visitors at the West Des Moines shop will receive a free cupcake to celebrate the launch. The […]

Six Iowa elementary schools in high-poverty areas, among them Perry and Marshalltown, will each receive $50,000 grants through the Computer Science is Elementary initiative, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced. The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and the Iowa Department of Education are partnering with corporate partners that raised $350,000 in sponsorship funding for the grants. The six […]