The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program recently celebrated the cohort of 32 small business owners who completed the 12-week program. This was the 11th cohort of the program, which is administered by Des Moines Area Community College in collaboration with all of Iowa’s 15 community colleges. There are now 300 program alumni in Iowa and over […]

UpVote co-founders share about pitching at SXSW, launching first product For their first pitch competition as co-founders, Kasey Clary and Zack Krawiec stood up at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas this spring and pitched UpVote to a room with hundreds of investors, competing alongside more than 40 other finalists from around the world. […]

The Iowa District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Iowa LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce honored Iowa City-based Caring Hands & More with an SBA Impact Award on Tuesday. Caring Hands & More is an LGBTQ-owned business providing home care, community living support, adult day services and more to individuals and families in the Iowa City […]

Kerty Levy, who led the Techstars Iowa accelerator for three years, is leaving Techstars Boston to serve as the managing director for Techstars’ Anywhere Remote Accelerator, the Boston Business Journal reports. She starts the new role this fall. Levy started as managing director of Techstars Boston in 2023 after serving as managing director of the Techstars Crypto Boston […]

The Business Record today announces its 2024 innovationIOWA Award recipients.  On With Life, a nonprofit providing rehabilitation services to individuals with brain injuries and neurological conditions, is the innovationLEADER of the Year. Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen is the EO Iowa innovationENTREPRENEUR of the Year. The recipients of the annual innovationIOWA awards are nominated […]

Coe College in Cedar Rapids held a May Term course teaching students how to move an early-stage idea through ideation and validation. The course was taught by David Tominsky, Coe’s entrepreneur-in-residence, and a co-founding partner of Novy, and Samantha Brown, assistant professor of psychology and faculty co-director of C3: Creativity, Careers, Community, a career services program […]

MākuSafe Corp. announced May 23 a partnership with Wesco International Inc. that will integrate MākuSafe’s wearable device with Wesco’s product offerings and supply chain expertise. Wesco is a Fortune 500 company offering electrical, industrial, and communications products and services for safety solutions to businesses worldwide. The collaboration will aim to deliver benefits such as reduced […]

The Liechtenstein Group, an international group of companies and investment platform owned by the Foundation Prince Liechtenstein, is making a lead investment in PowerPollen’s next funding round of $24.4 million. PowerPollen, based in Ames, has developed a pollination technology that collects and preserves pollen for up to four years. It can then be applied at the […]

The Iowa Center for Economic Success is hosting a real estate class series led by Iowa Center board member and CBRE Senior Vice President Bill Wright. The three classes are aimed at small businesses that are thinking about making the transition into a brick-and-mortar space. All classes will be held in person from 3-4:30 p.m. […]