The University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center announced that Des Moines Area Community College has become a partner institution for its statewide Venture School Entrepreneurial Training Program. In this new role, DMACC will help recruit entrepreneurs, teams and startup coaches, and organize a Local Launch Day pitch event to be held the final night […]

Ag Startup Engine, a seed capital program for agricultural startups, on Wednesday announced Farmwave as the latest company to join its portfolio. According to the news release, Farmwave offers a solution to monitoring and managing mechanical harvest loss. Using AI software, the company has developed a system of cameras that mount on the combine in […]

During Workiva’s presentation at the Dec. 1 Catalysts Live event, Binny Nanavati, head of belonging, asked attendees to replace the statement “Diversity, equity and inclusion is the right thing to do” with this one: “Diversity, equity and inclusion creates and drives impact, for both short- and long-term value.” The updated statement spoke to a similar […]

ViClarity, a Des Moines-based global provider of governance, risk and compliance technology and regulatory and compliance consulting for financial institutions, is partnering with California-based technology company WithClutch, the companies announced recently. WithClutch focuses on building fintech solutions for credit unions, according to a news release. ViClarity’s compliance experts will work with the company to review […]

InnoVenture Iowa announced Wednesday the three early-stage startup companies that will compete in the first InnoVenture Challenge pitch competition on Dec. 7 for a non-dilutive $100,000 cash prize. The finalists are Hawkeye Surgical Lighting, which has developed the world’s first voice- and motion-controlled surgical headlight that integrates with an iOS through Bluetooth; The Hummingbirds, a platform that […]

First Iowa Angel Investor Summit aims to educate aspiring investors, unite angel community Tech takeaway: The Greater Des Moines Partnership and ISA Ventures hosted the first Iowa Angel Investor Summit on Nov. 18 as part of an initiative to address gaps in the entrepreneurial ecosystem identified by the 11-person group of Central Iowa stakeholders participating […]

Ironside Systems, an Iowa-based company founded by public safety professionals Curtis Walsner and Shawn Wagner, has developed a public safety asset management tool to provide first responders that consolidates the tracking of critical resources into one database. According to a news release, the tool can track multiple assets, including radios, people and vehicles, as well […]

A conversation with two immigrant business owners From the first Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit held in 2008 on Drake University’s campus to this year’s event marking 15 years of the volunteer-run event, the organization has widened its reach to a growing immigrant business community. Leaders have grown the summit to unite more immigrant entrepreneurs primarily from […]