The Iowa Economic Development Authority at its Friday meeting awarded Cedar Rapids-based nonprofit NewBoCo a $100,000 grant through the Entrepreneurial Investment Awards Program. NewBoCo will use the grant to launch its Community Partners Pilot Program in Mason City and Mount Pleasant, which will work to fill gaps in the local entrepreneurial environment by combining NewBoCo programming […]

The Idea Accelerator, a national accelerator led by Heartland Forward, is running a summer cohort of the program with 10 new Iowa City entrepreneurs following the conclusion of the first cohort in May. Builders and Backers and the Iowa City Area Development Group are continuing to partner with Heartland Forward to deliver the program. Heartland […]

The National Center on Self-Employment, Business Ownership, and Telecommuting has issued a report authored by the Harkin Institute identifying ways vocational rehabilitation agencies can enhance business-ownership and self-employment opportunities for people with disabilities, especially those categorized as having the most significant disabilities. According to a release, the rate of individuals with disabilities who are self-employed is about […]

Wells Fargo announced Tuesday it will expand its Connect to More program and its partnership with the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center with a goal of providing mentorship opportunities to more than 1,000 women entrepreneurs. More than 500 women received mentorship opportunities last year, according to a news release. The Connect to More program first started in summer 2021 […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator has announced Dan Israel will be its next managing director. Israel’s most recent role was as director – enterprise strategy and innovation at Principal Financial Group, which is an investor in the GIA. “I’ve been able to see firsthand the positive impact the GIA has both on the cohort firms, which it helps to […]

Heartland Forward, a nonprofit Arkansas-based think tank that looks at technology, entrepreneurship and economic development in states in and around the Midwest, has published a report evaluating research universities nationwide and which ones are “most proficient at creating new knowledge; embedding it in their STEM graduates; and transferring both to new and existing enterprises.” The […]

Home Base Iowa, America’s Small Business Development Center Iowa and the Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship are co-hosting the first Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference to support veterans and their families who are starting or expanding a business. Participants can attend sessions covering financial and legal basics and marketing and have opportunities to network and […]

The Pi515 2022 Girls Entrepreneurs Summit concluded last week with the announcement of this year’s pitch competition winner Aerz Johnson, a ninth grade student at Waterloo West High School. “I didn’t really have a plan before this. I don’t even have an idea to be up here,” Johnson said. “I didn’t know how to pitch, […]

Before attendees at the second annual Athene Black and Brown Business Summit dove into a day of workshops and breakout sessions, keynote speaker Pamela Jolly told the group she was going to step back and look at the big picture on wealth generation for businesses owned by people of color. She began with the reminder […]