Google announced Tuesday a $150,000 grant awarded to the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council to support the council’s mission and programs. “Public-private partnerships are so critical if we expect our future workforce to have the skills needed for high-demand jobs in our state,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a prepared statement. “Through Google’s investment, they […]

Ames-based Genvax Technologies, a startup bringing advances in self-amplifying mRNA (saRNA) for animal vaccines, will move toward getting regulatory approval of its vaccines with $6.5 million in new series seed funding. According to a press release, the company is seeking U.S. Department of Agriculture and international approval “in anticipation of any foreign animal disease outbreak in order […]

Cambio, a personal finance startup co-founded by Iowan Justin Dwyer, has been chosen to participate in the Y Combinator, a nationwide startup accelerator based in California’s Silicon Valley. The accelerator program lasts three months and invests $500,000 in every company that participates. According to a news release, Cambio’s platform is aimed at helping the 40 million […]

The “Tech takeaway” is a new feature in the innovationIOWA newsletter that will summarize the topic of the main story and offer insight into the Business Record’s reporting. Feedback and story ideas can be sent to Sarah Bogaards at sarahbogaards@bpcdm.com Tech takeaway: Cedar Rapids nonprofit NewBoCo is launching a Community Partners Pilot Program to work […]

The Iowa Finance Authority and the Iowa Association of Realtors has announced the inaugural Iowa Homeownership Incubator, which will challenge Iowa lending institutions and real estate professionals to consider innovative ways to advance financial literacy around homeownership. A lending institution or real estate company must partner with a community organization or business to participate. The winning […]

Iowa startup SAFI-Tech, which is creating no-heat and low-heat electronics solder, is partnering with Indium Corp., Clay and Milk reported. Indium and SAFI-Tech will evaluate market applications for supercooled solder materials and explore the development of new products, according to a news release. “Indium Corporation is a world leader and innovator in electronics solder products. Our […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator is now accepting applications for its ninth accelerator program, incoming Managing Director Dan Israel announced in a blog post. “While change is occurring in the leadership of the GIA, our 100-day program, our mentors, and our insurance carrier investors all remain focused on helping amazing founders, teams, and insurtech companies reach their […]

Jon Dlouhy and Amanda Werts have joined fintech LenderClose, both as vice presidents of marketing. Dlouhy’s role is leading LenderClose’s product marketing and brand strategy, developing strategies for product innovation, digital acquisition and managing the LenderClose brand’s creative direction. He was most recently director of marketing and communications for Kingland Systems, and brings 15 years […]