In Illinois, there’s widespread agreement that drivers need access to more charging stations if the state is going to electrify its transportation system. The question of who owns them — and who profits from them — is an open debate, reports Energy News Network. Utilities, private developers, and business owners are all expected to play […]

Three years after founding, MākuSafe, a technology wearables company focused on workplace safety, closed on a $2.85 million seed round in December. It launches what staff promises to be a busy year for the wearable safety device company: five pilot testing programs have finished or are underway, with 120 industrial workers currently trying out the […]

The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) has released a mobile application to help retailers determine the age of customers attempting to purchase alcohol, tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products, the division announced this week. The Iowa ABD Age to Purchase App allows users to scan driver’s licenses with their smartphone. No personal information of the […]

An election cybersecurity initiative by the office of the Secretary of State is one of three finalists for the National Association of Secretaries of State’s 2019 IDEAS Award, Secretary of State Paul Pate announced this week. The initiative organized a collaboration between auditors and information technology staff of all 99 Iowa counties, several state agencies […]

In 2013, the Business Record launched innovationIOWA Magazine, an annual publication with a mission to spotlight innovative companies and technological achievements across the state. One year ago this week, our newsroom launched the innovationIOWA e-newsletter, updating our delivery from annually to weekly – right to your inbox. The mission remains the same: we seek out […]

Waukee 9th graders and teammates Carter Sanders, Selma Roy and Madhav Valiyaparambil discuss updates to their FIRST Tech Challenge robot at the Waukee Innovation & Learning Center. Photo/Kate Hayden In Waukee, students in grades 8-12 working through the FIRST Tech Challenge are in the home stretch of their robotics season. Wednesday after school, teams of […]

Ames entrepreneur Steven Brockshus is the 2019 American Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year, the Iowa Farm Bureau announced on Monday. It is the fourth time in five years that an Iowa-based company has won the Farm Bureau’s Ag Innovation Challenge. As one of the final four contestants, Brockshus presented a live pitch on Sunday […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator is welcoming 10 new insurtech companies to Des Moines as part of the 2019 cohort, starting Jan. 15. This year’s GIA cohort is developing and delivering new products and business models for buying insurance, cyber risk protection, underwriting automation, advisor services, digital transformation, claims resolution, pension planning, and employee benefit management. […]

The Neiman Marcus Group has agreed to pay $1.5 million and implement several policies following the 2013 breach of customer payment card data at 77 Neiman Marcus stores, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced Tuesday. About 370,000 cards were affected in the months-long hack by an unknown party, which Neiman Marcus publicly disclosed in January […]