In 2020, the Business Record unveiled its annual innovationIOWA Magazine with less than three months to perfect our Zoom events technique. In 2021, we made the Zoom unveiling bigger and brought in four expert panelists to lead a truly statewide forum exploring how companies can support hybrid and fully remote organizations going into the future. […]

The Techstars Iowa Accelerator is welcoming 10 new companies to the 2021 cohort. Nearly all those in this year’s cohort founded their business amid the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns during 2020, said Kerty Levy, managing director of Techstars Iowa. “What that says is that they’re hopeful. They trust that they can create, they can make great […]

Des Moines entrepreneur Ben McDougal joined the Techstars Iowa team in a combined entrepreneur-in-residence and ecosystem development role, the accelerator announced last week. McDougal is a four-time company founder and co-founder, an author and is currently the midwest regional representative for the 1 Million Cups entrepreneurship network. The second class of Techstars Iowa begins July 19.

America’s SBDC Iowa is launching the Inclusivity Challenge, designed to support minority-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs to establish themselves for economic prosperity. The Inclusivity Challenge provides resources including customized, culturally relevant business and financial advising, business education webinars and access to the most well-connected small business networks. A kickoff event for the initiative will be […]

Des Moines lending platform LenderClose promoted Trinh Le-Coulter to vice president of people power, the company announced this week. Le-Coulter is the former director of operations for LenderClose. In her new role, she will lead LenderClose’s company culture as well as leading the operations department. LenderClose also announced two new team members: Bill Taha, director […]

The Iowa State University Startup Factory announced nine new cohort companies for the 2021 program. Cohort X entrepreneurs are Ruben Aria (company unnamed), Jared Dopp (Frugi Biotechnology), Allison Hockey (Lineage Mapper), Nacu Hernandez, Baker Kuehl and Austin Homann (MacroLei Technologies), Nathaniel Kallmyer (Zymosense), Katherine Richardson Bruna (Mosquitoes & Me), Aaron Rosenberg (Rosenberg Solutions), Shan Jiang, […]

BrokerTech Ventures is partnering with the industry conference InsureTech Connect to host ITC’s BrokerTech Connect, a broker-focused insurtech series hosted during InsureTech Connect’s conference on Wednesday, Oct. 6 in Las Vegas. BrokerTech Ventures and ITC previously partnered in 2020 during the Agency Connect Virtual Conference, which attracted more than 2,000 brokers, agents and brokertech attendees […]

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Prometheus Awards presented by LWBJ, the Technology Association of Iowa announced this morning. The 2021 Prometheus Awards will be held in person on Nov. 4; the awards acknowledge individuals, companies and communities making a positive impact on Iowa’s technology industry. Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 13. Nominations […]

America’s SBDC Iowa announced that Michael Wampler, regional director of the Northwest Iowa SBDC Spencer, is certified in the Certified Exit Planning Advisor program. The CEPA program is an executive MBA-style program that trains and certifies qualified professional advisers in the field of exit planning. The program focuses on enterprise value as well as a […]

Roboflow co-founders Brad Dwyer, left, and Joseph Nelson on a video call with staff. Photo provided by Roboflow The computer visioning startup Roboflow has been built from laptops in Des Moines, Washington, D.C., a Florida Airbnb and the Taiwanese beachfront. As of last year, Roboflow is officially a fully remote company. Co-founders Joseph Nelson and Brad Dwyer […]