Gravitate Coworking is expanding to two new communities. The timing, nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, is unexpected, Gravitate owner Geoff Wood said. But opportunity knocked to set the coworking space up for the post-COVID world in Jefferson and Cedar Falls. “On the one hand, we’re in survivability mode to get to the end […]

A Des Moines-based app dedicated to connecting nonprofits to donors is rebranding as the team begins work to expand connections outside of Iowa.  Beginning this month, the Given platform is rebranding to Grateful — a new name that reflects the emotions donors report when they choose to give to local nonprofits, said founder Matt Ostanik.  […]

The Celebrate! Innovation (ciLive! 12) annual speaker series at Des Moines Area Community College will be held virtually March 10-11 and will livestream all speaker presentations via e360tv, YouTube and Facebook Live, DMACC announced this week. This year’s presenters include a NASA analog astronaut, a leading oceanographer, a top wilderness survivalist, a classical violinist and […]

Tickets are on sale and speakers are being finalized for the upcoming TEDx Des Moines event, scheduled for May 11 at Franklin Junior High. TEDx is an independently organized event that brings together speakers to share innovative and disruptive ideas. The theme “Through a Different Lens” aims to provide a platform for diverse perspectives and amplify […]

Each year the Business Record gets the pulse on key issues affecting the region’s business community from our audience. Our annual survey asks business leaders to share what they feel are some of the top issues affecting business in Central Iowa, and in particular the Greater Des Moines region.  Below, we’ve published a glimpse of what […]

BrokerTech Ventures is launching the first step in international expansion with a partnership between the BrokerTech Ventures U.S. Accelerator and the newly formed Israeli InsurTech Accelerator, based in Tel Aviv. The accelerator will use BrokerTech Venture’s accelerator program to help local Israeli insurtech supporters build its own regional accelerator, while developing a connecting bridge between Israeli […]

Homesteaders Life Co. is offering a free video download to help funeral professionals host virtual holiday memorial services. The video, created by grief expert Jason Troyer, is called “Grieving During the Holidays” and features a message of comfort for client families as well as practical strategies for coping with grief. “As funeral professionals know, the […]

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines has made improvements to the  GIVEdsm.org website to meet increased demand for support and services because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a news release, the foundation hopes that by enhancing the website, it can make more connections between community members and nonprofits in need of support. GIVEdsm.org, launched in […]

Eric Engelmann plans to step down from his role as NewBoCo’s executive director on Dec. 1 to focus exclusively on ISA Ventures, a multi-million-dollar fund he founded to provide capital for both early-stage startups and fast-growing companies in Eastern Iowa, reports the Corridor Business Journal. Engelmann’s role at NewBoCo will be filled by Aaron Horn, […]

The Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio) is accepting applications through Nov. 6 from startups interested in competing at the annual Iowa Biotech Showcase & Conference, formerly known as Partnering for Growth. The winner of the Biotech Showcase will receive $10,000 and a one-year membership to IowaBio. Eight companies in industries including food/agriculture, human and animal health, […]