2023 will bring Iowa’s innovation stakeholders some of the first opportunities to see the infusion of $96 million from the U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative in action. Announced in October 2022, the funding is distributed across four new programs, each taking a different angle on increasing funding access. Anna Lensing, innovation team project manager at […]

Bunker Labs Des Moines recently announced the graduation of four Central Iowa veterans from its Veterans in Residence (ViR) Program, an initiative that is offered nationwide. According to a news release, ViR is a six-month, early-stage business incubator that provides veteran and military family member entrepreneurs with business education, coworking space, a local entrepreneurial community and […]

The value of consistency in entrepreneurial ecosystems Submitted by Ben McDougal, ecosystem builder, Techstars Iowa; Midwest regional representative, 1 Million Cups TL;DRConsistency requires sacrifice, but such generosity builds trust, and over time it helps connect a more diversified, engaged and thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Force is needed to move anything at rest. When it comes to building community (or […]

BioConnect Iowa and its partners have announced the three Iowa companies that will take part in the fourth cohort of the Iowa Go-To-Market (G2M) Accelerator. According to a news release, the G2M Accelerator is designed to support Iowa companies developing technology-driven innovative products or services that have participated in another incubator, accelerator or business assistance program but could […]

Patent fees have been lowered for small and micro entities, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s new fee schedule that took effect at the end of 2022. President Joe Biden recently signed two new laws, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 and the Unleashing American Innovators Act of 2022, which resulted in the reduced […]

The University of Iowa Venture School, a statewide program for entrepreneurs, is accepting applications for its spring 2023 cohort, which will be held at multiple locations across the state beginning the week of Feb. 20. The sessions meet one night a week for seven weeks as either hybrid, fully remote, or in-person, depending on location. […]

Iowa State University economics professor John Winters, pictured, and graduate student Kunwon Ahn have co-authored a new study that indicates more education increases entrepreneurship in the U.S., particularly for women. “The benefits of education are often debated. Some worry it’s mostly about signaling rather than skill development, but our study provides a piece of evidence that […]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday three grants, including one to Ames-based Soylei Innovations, totaling $9.5 million to support the scale-up of sustainable bioproduct manufacturing in the U.S. The funds are made available through the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Bioproduct Pilot Program, which is authorized and funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator announced Monday that Jim Lewis has joined the accelerator’s leadership team as alumni director, a newly created role focused on building a more comprehensive alumni support model. Lewis will be responsible for providing long-term value to the GIA alumni and investors following participation in the 100-day program, creating new partnerships and supporting alumni as […]