A look into the effort to create a vision, plan for entrepreneurship’s future in the region Entrepreneurial ecosystem, innovation ecosystem — terms like these are embedded in everyday conversations happening within the business and technology communities. They help in referring to the broader environment and everything that comes together to fuel entrepreneurship and innovation, but a […]

America’s Cultivation Corridor has announced the launch of its first class of Innovation Interns from Iowa State University and the launch of its Next Gen Innovation Impact Study program in partnership with ISU’s Start Something College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “We’re excited to launch this program to provide Iowa State students the opportunity to connect with and […]

The Department of Management Office of the Chief Information Officer has announced expanded scalable security services for educational institutions and nonprofit organizations in Iowa. According to a news release, schools, school districts and nonprofits now have access to a lower cost of $8.24 per month, per device, which makes accessing the state’s cybersecurity services easier. […]

Nine Iowa startups received a total of $100,000 as winners of the 2022 Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition, which were named on Aug. 12. Continuum Ag received the $40,000 first place award, Farm Story Meats received $25,000 for second place and DenScore received $15,000 for third place. Honorable mention awards of $5,000 or $2,000 went to six more startups: ReEnvision Ag, Juggernaut, Janas Materials, Hummingbirds, Farmers Risk and Easy2Show. […]

The Envision Iowa event on Aug. 17 dived into innovation, exploring the state of Iowa’s business ecosystem, discussing how to develop partnerships and looking at resources that keep innovative ideas moving forward. Speakers included: Keynote: Mike Ralston, president, Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI). Candace Karsjens, director, NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. Billi Hunt, executive […]

Jonathan Kelly, an Iowa State University professor of psychology and human-computer interaction, is leading a research study into “cybersickness,” a set of symptoms similar to motion sickness that more than half of people experience when first exposed to virtual reality. He said helping people adapt to VR and overcome symptoms would allow the technology to be […]

Valent BioSciences announced Tuesday it is making investments at three research and development facilities in addition to the recently announced expansions at the company’s manufacturing facility in Osage. Additions at the Osage plant include new production-scale fermentation and recovery equipment, a new pilot plant facility and expanded laboratory space. The biotechnology company will also restore 34 acres […]

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 […]