The Greater Des Moines Partnership received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for the Global Insurance Accelerator in the category of Multi Year Economic Development from the International Economic Development Council on Tuesday in Atlanta, Ga. The Global Insurance Accelerator is a mentor-driven business accelerator designed to foster innovation by supporting startups. Four classes […]

The Angel Capital Association has announced investment in nine regional startups who recently presented in Des Moines at the annual Best of Midwest Conference, hosted by local investment group Plains Angels. Hosted by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and BrownWinick Law Firm, the event hosted 140 attendees, including 90 accredited investors. Des Moines companies Pitchly […]

Brian Hemesath, managing director at the Global Insurance Accelerator Four years after its launch, the Global Insurance Accelerator is kicking off a search for the program’s second managing director after Brian Hemesath announced plans to step down in 2019. Hemesath has committed to stay with the GIA through the 2019 cohort as a new managing […]

A new home and anticipated hiring of 75 additional team members are in the near future for Dwolla, a Des Moines money-transfer startup that is starting to grow beyond the initial startup-phase. In Monday’s blog post, founder Ben Milne wrote that Dwolla’s new 22,000-square-foot office at 909 Locust will include a community meeting room to […]

We think we know what’s at stake when banks prioritize digitization over maintaining local bank branches, but there may be more to it than previously thought. A study recently published by the Harvard Business Review found that when fewer local bank branches are available to support entrepreneurial financing, women entrepreneurs are disproportionately penalized. IN OTHER […]

Members of the Technology Association of Iowa and the Iowa Biotechnology Association have two chances to hear candidates for Iowa’s governor office speak on issues around the state’s technology and bioscience industries. TAI and IowaBio will host both forums – one with Fred Hubbell on Sept. 21, and one with Gov. Kim Reynolds on Oct. […]

A new office rental and coworking space in Cedar Rapids is offering group health insurance plans and other benefit programs to clients starting in October, reports the Corridor Business Journal. Office Evolution, which opened this spring in the NewBo district, plans to offer Affordable Care Act-compliant group health insurance plans through human resources consultancy TriNet. […]

First launched in 2014, the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) is now partnering with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to promote sustainable agriculture technologies, Wells Fargo announced on Tuesday. The expansion will support technology developing and commercializing technology that reduce agriculture’s carbon, energy and water impact, said Mary Wenzel, head of Sustainability and Corporate […]

By Katharine Carlon | Corridor Business Journal A historic University of Iowa building erected in the 1930s to bring  the then-revolutionary “Iowa Idea” to life is being reincarnated as the state’s bold idea factory of the future. In what one UI official is calling a “game changer” that will boost  the school’s ability to support […]