Dwolla CEO/founder Ben Milne cuts the ribbon as the company unveils new headquarters at 909 Locust. Photo provided For all the celebrated focus on “being different,” there was one tradition Dwolla was willing to hang on to when debuting the new office on Wednesday evening: A ribbon-cutting. “It feels fantastic,” Head of Marketing Stephanie Atkin […]

In 2013, the Business Record launched innovationIOWA Magazine, an annual publication with a mission to spotlight innovative companies and technological achievements across the state. One year ago this week, our newsroom launched the innovationIOWA e-newsletter, updating our delivery from annually to weekly – right to your inbox. The mission remains the same: we seek out […]

Global Atlantic Financial Group announced a $100,000 investment in the Global Insurance Accelerator, a Des Moines-based 100 day program aiding up to ten insurtech startups in financing and industry connections. The investment joins Global Atlantic with the GIA’s 12 other existing private company investors, which support the accelerator’s mentor networks and business infrastructure assistance. GIA […]

Two Iowa State University undergraduates are taking home the $15,000 top prize at the Western University Ivey Honors Business Administration Business Plan Competition in Canada – after accidentally competing against MBA-level business founders. HomePainter co-founders Jacob McClamon and Anthony House competed against eighteen teams of undergraduate and graduate level university students from the U.S., Mexico […]

LEAH (Lifengine Animal Health) Laboratories: $50,000 seed investment by the Ag Startup Engine at Iowa State University. LEAH Laboratories’ technology enables precision gene editing for treatment of B cell lymphoma in dogs, the most commonly managed cancer in veterinary oncology. LEAH Labs is the eight startup Ag Startup Engine has invested in since forming in […]

Ames entrepreneur Steven Brockshus is the 2019 American Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year, the Iowa Farm Bureau announced on Monday. It is the fourth time in five years that an Iowa-based company has won the Farm Bureau’s Ag Innovation Challenge. As one of the final four contestants, Brockshus presented a live pitch on Sunday […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator is welcoming 10 new insurtech companies to Des Moines as part of the 2019 cohort, starting Jan. 15. This year’s GIA cohort is developing and delivering new products and business models for buying insurance, cyber risk protection, underwriting automation, advisor services, digital transformation, claims resolution, pension planning, and employee benefit management. […]

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator is taking applications from early-stage startups seeking to join its third cohort, the accelerator announced on Monday. The 2019 program runs from May 28 to Aug. 29 and accepts up to five startups worldwide. Those selected will receive $40,000 in seed funding, subsidized housing and office space, and will have time […]

Before he joined Hy-Vee as a software engineer, Lee Robinson’s search for his next career move in Iowa was a hassle. Robinson entered all the tech companies he knew of into a series of spreadsheets, comparing benefits and information at hand. As the spreadsheet grew, he noticed a growing circle of companies he had never heard […]

PatientPing, a Boston-based health technology company that connects providers to coordinate patient care, today announced its launch in Iowa through a partnership with Mercy Health Network and its accountable care organization, Mercy ACO. Through Pings – real-time notifications when patients receive care – and Stories – important patient context at the point of care — […]