America’s Cultivation Corridor launched its second iteration of Cultivo Virtual Academy Tuesday with a cohort of six startups from around the world. The six-week virtual program connects the participating companies with mentors and Iowa’s agricultural leaders and provides a curriculum focused on entering the U.S. market and navigating regulatory and finance systems.  “It is exciting to welcome a […]

Tim Zhang, owner of Des Moines-based Starkline, is in the final round of the Making It … With Lowe’s pitch competition, which aims to give diverse small business owners an opportunity to sell their product in Lowe’s stores. Zhang’s electrical netting product is in contention to be the Fan Favorite; the product with the most votes will receive […]

Inside the intimate auditorium at the Science Center of Iowa, an audience of startup community partners, members and investors displayed their energy and excitement for the 2021 Techstars Iowa cohort at the Demo Day event Wednesday. Founders from the 10 companies each spent three minutes pitching their concepts and sharing the progress they achieved during […]

“I dream all of the time. I want you all to know that ever since I’ve been a little boy, I dream about things that I want to do. I would dream about making money and dream about giving the money away; I dream about helping people.” John Pappajohn recounted the familiar story of the […]

The Small Business Administration announced 76 awards for accelerators supporting inclusive entrepreneurship, including two from Iowa. The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) and Rural Business Innovators Iowa SBDC will receive $50,000 each as winners of the 2021 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, which recognized efforts that “targeted assistance to STEM/R&D entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups, including women, […]

Early stage insurtech startups can apply to Global Insurance Accelerator’s 2022 program until Sept. 12. This will be GIA’s eighth year hosting the accelerator, which supports cohorts by providing seed funding and bringing in more than 75 local mentors to advise companies. The 100-day equity-based program runs from Jan. 12 to April 21, 2022 with […]

Iowa State students will again have the chance to hear moderated conversations with innovators and leaders across industries as the Flagship Friday program returns Sept. 10. The program started virtually last year and attracted 2,400 participants. Sessions will remain virtual with an in-person option available for some sessions. Learn more

The Global Insurance Accelerator’s 2021 InsurTech Days event was held at Curate Event Center in downtown Des Moines on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Business Record attended the first day to hear the growth story of Cowbell Cyber, a member of GIA’s 2019 accelerator program, and presentations from the 12 featured insurtechs. Attendees came from across […]