Maple Studios, a startup studio for industrial technology startups and early-stage companies, opened Wednesday and is accepting applications from new members. The studio, formerly known as Maple Ventures, is open to companies with an industrial technology focus that are building a physical product. Members can range from the conceptual stage to those with products already […]

Submitted by John Osako, president and CEO, Informatics Inc. It’s 2023 and artificial intelligence is suddenly churning out content everywhere you look. These days, you can have a computer create sophisticated copy (ChatGPT), original musical scores (MuseNet, SoundRaw), and even cute cat images (the highly recommended The Cat Does Not Exist). Welcome to the future. Have […]

Submitted by Patrick Fan, professor of business analytics, University of Iowa Tippie College of Business ChatGPT has arrived, bringing artificial intelligence directly into the workplace, classroom and other parts of our lives to create what is essentially a fourth industrial revolution. But is it something to worry about? While artificial intelligence will only play a greater […]

Lingyao “Ivy” Yuan, an Iowa State University assistant professor of information systems and business analytics, is speaking at a webinar today about a Harvard Business Review article she co-wrote about the emergence of digital humans. The webinar is at 3:30 p.m., and registration is available through Indiana University.  Yuan has been researching digital humans for the last seven […]

Mazen Animal Health, an animal health company developing maize-based vaccines, announced it has been issued a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its technology to produce orally delivered animal vaccines. The patent covers foundational technology for the company’s first vaccine product for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, according to a news release. The virus is […]

Brale, a Des Moines-based startup founded by Ben Milne, announced Wednesday it has raised $11.1 million in funding. The funding round was led by Maryland-based New Enterprise Associates with Managing General Partner Scott Sandell joining Brale’s board of directors. Additional individual participation came from Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare, and Albert Wenger, managing partner at […]

The Greater Des Moines Partnership’s sixth annual Small Business Success Summit will take place on March 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the FFA Center on the DMACC Ankeny campus. The summit will feature a pitch competition for the first time geared toward business owners or entrepreneurs starting or growing a business in […]

The value of consistency in entrepreneurial ecosystems Submitted by Ben McDougal, ecosystem builder, Techstars Iowa; Midwest regional representative, 1 Million Cups TL;DRConsistency requires sacrifice, but such generosity builds trust, and over time it helps connect a more diversified, engaged and thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Force is needed to move anything at rest. When it comes to building community (or […]