To make a global impact, begin with a creative, local startup. That’s how co-authors Alice Loy and Tom Aageson begin the roadmap in their book “Creative Economy Entrepreneurs: From Startup to Success,” which recounts the lessons Loy and Aageson have learned and imparted through their New Mexico-based accelerator Creative Startups. The creative economy contributes more than $700 […]

Author and “Shark Tank” co-star Daymond John is scheduled to speak Sept. 19, 2019, at the Central Iowa Business Conference at the Des Moines Airport Conference Center. John is the brains behind the clothing line FUBU. He was named a presidential ambassador for global entrepreneurship by President Barack Obama and is a two-time New York Times best-selling […]

A Des Moines insuretech startup is crossing the pond to new clients, thanks to Denim’s new partnership with London-based Startupbootcamp CoLab InsurTech (SBC CoLab). Through the CoLab program, SBC serves as a mediator between startups already providing services to clients, and corporations seeking smaller partners to address technical needs within the company. SBC does not […]

Deere & Company’s Intelligent Solutions Group is launching a new startup collaboration program to build relationships with tech companies seeking to reach John Deere customers. The Startup Collaborator is a partnership initiative to allow Deere and startup companies to test new technologies with customers and dealers, without a more formal business relationship, Deere & Company […]

San Francisco-based Instacart is facing boycott efforts from its own community of 70,000 contract shoppers, reports the Chicago Tribune. Instacart, which is active in Iowa as the Corridor Business Journal reports, recently changed its payment formula for contracted shoppers to match the weight and difficulty of each order; shoppers say the formula is resulting in […]

Des Moines-based insuretech startup Denim is branching out internationally through a new partnership with London-based Startupbootcamp Colab InsurTech (SBC Colab), Denim announced Tuesday. Denim’s micro-targeted marketing platform will be available to SBC Colab’s market starting in January 2019, CEO Gregory Bailey said.

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator received first place in the 2018 Entrepreneurial Awards, hosted by the Mid-America Economic Development Council. The accelerator, launched in 2016 by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Cultivation Corridor, came in first for communities with a population over 50,000 and accepted the award during the Dec. 2-4 Mid-America Competitiveness Conference & […]

Applications are now open to Iowa State University students or recent graduates for CYstarters, a 10-week summer accelerator assisting participants with their startup or business idea. Selected students will receive $6,500 for an individual or up to $13,000 per student team to spend the 2019 summer pursuing their business model from May 20 to Aug. […]

Craig Ibsen, managing principal at Next Level Ventures, and Stephanie Atkin, vice president of marketing at Dwolla, at Thursday’s Power Breakfast: Innovation Acceleration. Des Moines talks a big game about Iowa being an innovation state, but at Thursday morning’s Business Record Power Breakfast, one audience member wondered: is this true in rural communities? Fair question, […]

Office Depot is counting on formerly empty storefronts to make a big impact on its new business model: the company’s new Workonomy Hubs offer coworking desks and private offices are part of a catchall location of business services, reports Fast Company. Nationally, Office Depot has closed around 300 locations in two years, so if successful, the […]