For more than 50 years, the Center for Industrial Research and Service at Iowa State University has aimed to be a partner for Iowa businesses looking to grow in their communities. We asked Director Ron Cox what is changing for CIRAS in 2018 — and, by extension, what is changing for the businesses it serves. […]
By the end of May, the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator welcomes six new startups fresh on the agriculture field to Des Moines. Each of those startups selected to participate receives $40,000 in seed funding, subsidized housing throughout the 94 days, and time to build mentorships, partnerships and a broader agritech network in Iowa, Executive Director Megan […]
Entrepreneur Mark Darrah and his wife, Lyn, left Iowa 35 years ago because they were unable to use their degrees in advanced biomedical technology from Iowa State University within the state. In 2007, they returned from Southern California to Des Moines to launch Athena GTX to produce leading-edge medical monitoring devices they initially developed for […]
Co-founder and CEO Arsalan Lodhi likes to compare agtech startup Wisran to public utilities metering. Without water or gas meters, Lodhi said, communities would have no way to track the waste of resources incurred by residents, and costs would look much different. “The same concept and principles we are bringing to farming operations,” Lodhi said, […]
How can a regional health care organization with operations in three states and some 32,000 employees become more innovative? Iowa-based UnityPoint Health — the 13th-largest nonprofit health system in the country — decided it would build a mechanism to empower its employees to think like entrepreneurs, by developing a center to rapidly evaluate ideas submitted […]
From self-driving cars to face-scanning phones, technology is encroaching into the most mundane parts of everyday life — and the insurance industry is seeing change arriving. We asked four leaders in the industry to reflect on their company’s role during this transformation, and what customers can expect from the industry in the future. They are: […]
The 2018 edition of innovationIOWA magazine was unveiled at Corteva Agriscience. See the presentation and hear from this year’s award winners Sukup Manufacturing and Robert Riley. Plus, get the magazine here!
The Business Record announces the honorees of the 2018 innovationIOWA awards. Sheffield-based Sukup Manufacturing is the recipient of the Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont innovationLEADER award. The company employs nearly 600 and is a three-generation family business that began with Eugene Sukup in 1962. “Innovation is critical to its rapid growth today and into […]