BrokerTech Ventures announced four new regional and national insurance firms as partners to support the broker-focused platform and accelerator program. The Cincinnati Insurance Companies, RT Specialty, Amerisure Mutual Insurance Company and AmWINS Group Inc. will be featured during the InsureTech Connect, Agency Connect: Virtual event on July 16 as part of the Innovation Curve panel. […]

Veterans and their spouses launching a business in Central Iowa have a new resource dedicated to their needs.  A Des Moines chapter of Bunker Labs launched virtually on Tuesday with volunteer city leaders Adam Hass and Bernie Stone. The event will be the national organization’s first virtual launch party since Bunker Labs was founded in 2014, and […]

The Iowa State University Startup Factory announced its ninth cohort of entrepreneurs this week, following a virtual kickoff reception held June 25. Ten teams joined the program, with one honorary member selected to participate. The startups are: Cyber Manufacturing and Metrology Solution, i01, Novus Technologies, Peach Pay, Salen 247, seedBiome, SoilSerdem, Sushi3D, VisiHut, and Transport […]

Adel-based Kuder Inc. has received the Career Readiness Solution of the Year award from the 2020 EdTech Breakthrough Awards program for the Kuder Navigator, an online career planning system for grades 6-12, Kuder announced this week. Navigator is designed as a career planning system to help secondary students visualize and strategize their futures, with research-based […]

At the morning keynote on June 4, NewBoCo Executive Director Eric Engelmann sat down at his computer with a plastic toy hand-clapper and gave it a good shake. The session’s “pre-standing ovation,” an EntreFEST tradition, would go on as planned — even over Zoom, with a sea of audience microphones muted.  Keeping conference attendees engaged […]

FarmHand App, a member of cohort eight from the Iowa State University Startup Factory, has been awarded a $25,000 Proof of Commercial Relevance loan from the Iowa Economic Development Authority board for product refinement, market planning and entry activities and other expenses, Startup Factory announced. FarmHand App, launched in 2019, is a De Witt-based startup […]

West Des Moines insurtech startup Benekiva will join Insurtech Hartford’s Innovation Challenge contest on June 18. The challenge hosts more than 20 representatives from across 10 insurance companies, judging the finalists and providing feedback to all of them. Benekiva, which streamlines the claims process for insurers, is a finalist in the Best Emerging category.

Des Moines “smart building” startup Igor is launching Nexos Intelligent Disinfection, an ultraviolet lighting (UV-C) platform offering automated facility disinfection control. Nexos Intelligent Disinfection uses Igor’s Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connectivity to integrate other available disinfection systems, such as intelligent air purifiers or gas vaporizers, into a data dashboard for building managers. The platform can also be configured […]

Nebullam Inc., an indoor farming company located in the Iowa State University Research Park, launched a new farm food delivery service to connect Central Iowa residents with locally grown produce. Founded in 2017, Nebullam primarily served local grocers and restaurants through Central Iowa, but lost more than 70% of its customer base once COVID-19 prompted […]