Living in laboratory flasks across the globe, cell cultures are hiding a lot of key insights in plain view of lab technicians developing medical therapies. “The health of a cell is the key parameter,” said Nigel Reuel, Iowa State University associate professor of chemical and biological engineering.   Despite the importance of constant surveillance of cell […]

Applications are open online for May $4,000 Growth Grants designed for small businesses, sponsored by Dell Technologies and the National Association for the Self-Employed. Grants can be used for marketing, advertising, hiring employees, expanding facilities, purchasing Dell office equipment and other business needs, according to an NASE statement. Details on applications are available online.

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 […]

Des Moines-based employee engagement company Navigate Wellness Solutions named Jeremy Knipper as chief technology officer, the company announced on Wednesday. Knipper previously served as vice president of technology for the company. In his new role, he will lead the strategic development of health and well-being technology platforms. Navigate serves organizations interested in offering technical wellness […]

Gabriel Glynn, CEO and cofounder of West Des Moines-based MakuSafe, is one of the top 25 leaders in manufacturing as recognized by SME Media’s Smart Manufacturing Magazine, MakuSafe announced this week. Glynn and co-founder/CTO Mark Frederick launched MakuSafe’s wearable armband devices and MakuSmart SaaS platform to the market in early 2020 as a process management and risk […]

Registration is available online for the Iowa Technology Summit presented by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, hosted virtually this year by the Technology Association of Iowa on May 24-25. The event will feature the Cybersecurity and Technology Innovation sessions on May 24, and Industry 4.0 and Leadership sessions on May 25. Attendance is free […]

Registration is available now for the first Black and Brown Business Summit hosted by the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, scheduled for April 22-23. Hosted at Athene, the summit is organized by the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce’s 27-member Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, led by Chamber Vice Chairperson Angela Jackson. Despite offering only limited […]

Seven international startup companies will join the first six-week Cultivo Virtual Academy, America’s Cultivation Corridor announced. The program is designed to provide participants with networking and mentorship among Iowa’s agricultural leaders and an online curriculum focused on U.S. market entry, regulatory and financing systems and customer perspectives. The program begins April 13. Participating companies are Australian […]

West Des Moines-based LenderClose received $10 million in a completed series B funding round, the lending platform announced this week. Investors include Next Level Ventures, Collins Community Credit Union, Financial Plus Credit Union, Serve Credit Union and Ascentra Credit Union in Iowa. The company recently launched an automated loan processing solution called HEx (Home Equity Express), […]

A mockup of the mobile Farmmee platform, expected to launch this spring. Contributed image A new mobile app launching for agricultural producers this spring is designed to connect farmers with equipment to farmers with jobs, the founders say. The Farmmee app is expected to launch after April 1 following a year of development and piloting […]