By Candi Karsjens, director, NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center John Pappajohn (July 31, 1928 – April 22, 2023), a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist from Iowa, had a profound commitment to nurturing entrepreneurship, especially among students. His vision was rooted in the belief that young people possess innovative ideas and the drive to turn them into […]

InnoVenture Iowa, Iowa’s first publicly backed venture capital fund, announced it has invested just over $6 million in 22 companies since launching in 2022. It has made six new investments since December 2023, bringing its total portfolio companies to 21. The new portfolio companies are: To read Investment Director Kaylee Williams’ summer update on InnoVenture’s recent Heartland […]

America’s Small Business Development Center Iowa (SBDC) has announced Elizabeth Christensen is the new regional director of the Western Iowa SBDC, located at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. Christensen will serve new entrepreneurs and existing business owners in Pottawattamie, Shelby, Harrison, Page, Mills, Cass and Fremont counties. She has 20 years of experience […]

InnoVenture Iowa, Iowa’s first publicly backed venture capital fund, announced it has invested just over $6 million in 22 companies since launching in 2022. It has made six new investments since December 2023, bringing its total portfolio companies to 21. The new portfolio companies are: To read Investment Director Kaylee Williams’ summer update on InnoVenture’s recent Heartland […]

IEDA awards $6.2M to 5 startups, one Entrepreneurial Investment Award grant The Iowa Economic Development Authority awards funding to startups in the form of low-interest loans through its Innovation Continuum, which includes five funds that are designed to offer companies non-dilutive funding at every stage of business growth. The funds are: Proof of Commercial Relevance (POCR), […]

The Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship has been recognized by the Accreditation Council for Entrepreneurial and Engaged Universities’ (ACEEU) Triple E Awards for the second year. The Pappajohn Center received runner-up in the category of America’s Most Impactful Initiative of the Year. Universities in North and South America were eligible for the awards. The award […]

The Greater Des Moines Partnership has announced the 14 participants for the third Scale DSM Business Accelerator cohort. Scale DSM uses Interise’s Streetwise program to help business owners gain management know-how and networks needed to increase revenue, create jobs and positively affect the community over the six-month program, a news release said. Members of the third cohort […]

A new national survey from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices released Thursday showed a lack of affordable and accessible child care is a significant barrier to small-business growth. A majority of small-business owners surveyed from 47 U.S. states, including Iowa, reported that there are insufficient affordable child care programs in their communities. The new survey of […]

The ImagineDSM Entrepreneurship program, in collaboration with FuseDSM and Bookpress Publishing, has opened registration for its second cohort. Starting in October, the six-month program is split into six sessions, each led by industry professionals and experienced entrepreneurs. Topics covered will include idea development, networking and relationships, marketing and branding, conflict resolution and negotiation, financial management […]