By Katelyn Squiers, innovationIOWA contributor Hackathons aimed toward college and high school students have recently taken root again within Iowa, helping several students develop rapid problem-solving skills and experience the freedom to build creatively.  A hackathon is an event where teams of people come together to develop a solution to a problem, typically in the […]

The water being discharged from the city of Slater’s water treatment plant is “crystal clear, some of the cleanest wastewater I’ve seen in Iowa,” said Max Gangestad, chief operating officer for Gross-Wen Technologies. The Slater-based company has developed a system that uses algae to treat wastewater.  Its first municipal system went online last year.  Gangestad […]

Pictured above, Members of the On With Life team at its Ankeny campus. Pictured from left: Sam Williams, director of nursing; Emily Theisen, occupational therapist; CEO Jean Shelton; Pat Stilwill, executive director of programs and services; Lindsay Maltas, physical therapist; and Megan Ihrke, speech language pathologist/team lead. Photo by Duane Tinkey The Business Record’s 2024 […]

Metro Waste uses technology to recycle more A new robot installed in late March is the latest piece of technology that the Metro Waste Facility in Grimes has invested in as it continues to explore innovative ways to improve processing at the center.  Using an artificial intelligence system, the new equipment scans the lines for […]

Entrepreneurship takes many forms, but there is a growing recognition of an entrepreneurial mindset that students and professionals alike can develop to think more innovatively, whatever their career. As president of Iowa State University since 2017, Wendy Wintersteen has strived to instill a campuswide entrepreneurial mindset and cultivate a culture where everyone — students, faculty […]

Across the country, business schools are integrating conversations into their curriculum about corporate social responsibility, sustainability and empathetic leadership. The markets, and the next generation of leaders seeking a business education, are prioritizing corporations that think closely about conscious capitalism.  Drake University’s Zimpleman College of Business wants its programs to stand out for its focus […]

Founder Geoff Wood recounts Gravitate’s journey, early days of Des Moines startup ecosystem To build a startup ecosystem, young companies and founders need infrastructure that allows them to start building and connects them with resources. Geoff Wood, who describes himself as an implementer, was poised to put structural pieces into place from the time he […]