Cedar Rapids-based Involta is now ark data centers, the company announced Wednesday. The rebrand of the national provider of data center, cloud and connectivity infrastructure and services is in response to the demand for edge data centers and cloud infrastructure brought on by the recent surge in artificial intelligence. According to a news release, ark will […]

BrokerTech Ventures (BTV) has opened applications for the fifth cohort of its accelerator program. The deadline to apply is Dec. 18. According to a news release, the concept of the BTV Accelerator is to be an “innovation hub” and proof of concept environment for broker-centric products and technology solutions, ultimately bringing validated solutions to the industry. The […]

Participants can now register for the 2024 Global Insurance Symposium, which is scheduled for April 16 and 17 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The symposium’s 10-year celebration theme is “Navigating a New Frontier of Risk” and will be co-chaired by Aaron Pearce, president and CEO of Pharmacists Mutual, and Christian Walk, senior vice […]

BrokerTech Ventures (BTV) has shared the results of its latest report on the achievements of its accelerator startups. BTV has hosted four cohorts of the accelerator for broker-centric insurance technology companies, which included 48 participating startups. Highlights from the report include: “One of the reasons we signed on as BTV’s first carrier partner in 2020 […]

Reflections on Secure Iowa Conference Last week, Heartland Business Systems (HBS) hosted the annual Secure Iowa Conference for Iowa’s information security professionals. Sessions included a conversation with Des Moines Public Schools Director of Technology Lisa Irey on the school district’s recent ransomware attack, a panel of local chief information security officers and a keynote from […]

In 2014, the Global Insurance Accelerator was a first for Iowa in many ways, including how it brought together seven local insurance companies to partner and invest in an accelerator dedicated to advancing innovative ideas for the insurance industry. Those founding investors were Principal Financial Group, Delta Dental of Iowa, FBL Financial Group, IMT Insurance, […]

Colorbiotics, an Ames-based colorant manufacturer, reports it more than doubled its recycling year-over-year. In the first half of 2023, Colorbiotics recycled 1.8 million pounds of materials compared with less than 750,000 pounds the year before. According to a news release, plastics are the primary driver of the increase in recycling for Colorbiotics. High density polyethylene plastic […]

How businesses, communities and day care centers are innovating together to address state’s child care crisis By Emily Kestel Addressing the child care crisis in the state is a bit like a high-stakes puzzle. The objective is simple: Have an equal ratio of child care slots and kids who need care. But there are countless […]

Using greater collaboration to meet customers’ changing needs By Michael Crumb Wellabe, formerly American Enterprise Group, has been on a journey to become a more agile organization to create an environment where its leadership and employees can be more collaborative to achieve better results for its customers. The insurance company started its journey towards becoming […]