The Techstars Iowa Accelerator is welcoming 10 new companies to the 2021 cohort. Nearly all those in this year’s cohort founded their business amid the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns during 2020, said Kerty Levy, managing director of Techstars Iowa. “What that says is that they’re hopeful. They trust that they can create, they can make great […]

Wednesday morning felt like a celebration of sorts as visitors swept into Gravitate Coworking’s downtown location. 1 Million Cups welcomed back visitors to the first in-person event since March 2020, when organizers shut the doors at the Science Center of Iowa’s theater for the last time. Pi515 founder and director Nancy Mwirotsi brought two summer […]

Family members of missing persons who post to social media are being targeted by scammers extorting them for ransom payments, the FBI warned in a public notice. Scammers in these schemes typically use social media to identify cases of missing persons, their family members and details of the disappearance before calling or messaging ransom demands, typically […]

As they say, hindsight is 20/20 — and panelists at this week’s virtual Iowa Technology Summit had the benefit of tough lessons from the year 2020 to share with Iowa companies tuned in for seminars on cybersecurity, leadership, business analytics, and diversity, equity and inclusion. Below, read a few takeaways shared by business representatives. The […]

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Prometheus Awards presented by LWBJ, the Technology Association of Iowa announced this morning. The 2021 Prometheus Awards will be held in person on Nov. 4; the awards acknowledge individuals, companies and communities making a positive impact on Iowa’s technology industry. Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 13. Nominations […]

Roboflow co-founders Brad Dwyer, left, and Joseph Nelson on a video call with staff. Photo provided by Roboflow The computer visioning startup Roboflow has been built from laptops in Des Moines, Washington, D.C., a Florida Airbnb and the Taiwanese beachfront. As of last year, Roboflow is officially a fully remote company. Co-founders Joseph Nelson and Brad Dwyer […]

How has your calendar changed over the last year? Mine certainly looks different these days after an abrupt end to live networking events in 2020. But that doesn’t mean any of these groups, or their organizers, disappeared. Below, take a look at three local networking groups that offer events free to the public. Who is […]

It’s been a while since people have met for coffee. Entrepreneurship is already often described as a lonely journey for individuals and co-founders. Throw in an ongoing pandemic, and it’s not hard to imagine how isolated community members can feel in a year without in-person events. In the mix of live and recorded videoconferencing events […]

Ana Pinto da Silva, co-founder and chief executive officer of the modular home company Minka Inc., will launch Iowa State University’s first Ignite Innovation Showcase with a lecture on April 16. Pinto da Silva will present the College of Design Dean’s Charrette Keynote Lecture “Learning Courage: Designing Innovation in a Post-COVID World” live via Zoom […]