How Iowa suppliers contributed in the race to build personal protective equipment Early on in 2020, headlines of product shortages began hitting the screens and newstands. Consumers worried about finding diapers, toilet paper and disinfectant spray; organizations employing essential workers were suddenly seeking personal protective equipment for their staff. Chris Hill, the technology program director […]

Edtech startups evolve through COVID-19 to reach students, teachers Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Yen Verhoeven, CEO of the STEM learning startup Qi Learning Group, saw the workload increase overnight for teachers her company supports with professional development training. It was not just that teachers had to redesign their curriculum in days and weeks from […]

An Iowa neuroscientist steps up to advance progress on treatment for neurological disorders The human brain lives its days in milliseconds. In 1,000 milliseconds — one second — we may blink or feel our heart beat once. In that same second, our brains send one or more signals from each of about 100 billion neurons […]

Founders who target millennial and rising Gen Z consumers with app services have a design challenge. Apps are competing for engagement and interest against the likes of leisure giants Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok — now, upcoming financial and insurance startups are taking a design cue from these platforms to attract the same audience. “If […]

A Central Iowa electronic medical record startup finds opportunity among small practices and university education A Central Iowa startup built its business helping speech-language pathologists and audiologists communicate effectively with their patients’ health care insurance providers. Now, ClinicNote’s management of electronic medical records is reaching private practitioners and medical students alike to influence the future […]

Holmes Murphy a founding co-leader of initiative BrokerTech Ventures is breaking new ground in bringing a more entrepreneurial mindset to the insurance brokerage industry. Conceptualized by Iowa-based insurance brokerage Holmes Murphy in 2019, the technology solutions and innovation initiative rapidly set up its operations and began producing tangible outcomes in 2020 and into 2021 — […]

West Des Moines startup provides start-to-finish digital claims capability for life insurers Nick Gerhart often wonders whether life insurance executives ever attempt to navigate their own company’s claims process. If they did, they would probably want to make some big changes after encountering what is likely a frustrating, time-consuming experience, says Gerhart, chief innovation officer […]