The Technology Association of Iowa’s 2024 Iowa Technology Summit, scheduled for April 8-9 in Des Moines, is now open for registration. Two Iowa chief information officers — Kathy Kay of Principal Financial Group and Paul Hlivko of Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield — will give the keynote presentation on the widespread impact of artificial intelligence. Other […]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency is investing $1,213,603 in 13 grants and $43,957,700 in five loans to projects in Iowa that promote rural small businesses, provide technical assistance and support public works infrastructure. Greene County Development Corp. received a $95,703 Rural Business Development Grant to provide technical assistance to emerging businesses in Greene […]

One Voice Des Moines is hosting its annual African Business Fair on Saturday, Feb. 24, to help small businesses in the African diaspora communities network and connect with larger organizations and government programs. One Voice Des Moines is an African-founded nonprofit focused on social impact, youth development, economic progress and collaborative engagement among individuals and communities of […]

EO Iowa, a branch of the national nonprofit Entrepreneurs’ Organization, hosted its fourth annual Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), a statewide competition where student entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to a panel of judges. The competition has regional, national and international levels that winners of each round advance to. Iowa State University student Cam Reiman, founder of Spock’s Sanctuary, […]

America’s SBDC Iowa has announced Melissa Fabian and Dustin Rhoades as the winners of its 2024 special entrepreneur awards. Fabian, owner of Simply Nourished Market & Mercantile in Mason City, is the winner of the 2024 Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award. Simply Nourished offers organic, specialty and local food products as well as catering services and cooking […]

America’s Cultivation Corridor is accepting applications from international startups and entrepreneurs for its 2024 Cultivo Virtual Academy cohorts. The next cohort, planned for April-May, will focus on companies in the Americas that are outside the U.S., Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region. Future cohorts will focus on Europe, Africa and Eastern Mediterranean regions, […]

Des Moines-based venture capital firm Next Level Ventures (NLV) has announced the promotions of Liz Keehner and Wyatt Powers. Keehner has been promoted to vice president from senior associate. She joined NLV in 2021 and has led investments in several companies, including Tractor Zoom, hummingbirds and iotaMotion. Powers has been promoted to associate from senior […]

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council at the Iowa Department of Education announced the opportunity for Iowa pre-K-12 educators, both in and outside the classroom, to apply to expand and launch STEM Scale-Up programs for the 2024-25 academic year. The program aims to provide students with a range of STEM units and activities. The program serves over […]