Des Moines game developer Brad Dwyer is keeping an eye on Facebook. Small business owners have been watching since news leaked in March that Cambridge Analytica, a third-party provider, was able to purchase Facebook user data from a rule-abiding personality profile application. The user data was then sold to President Donald Trump’s campaign team in […]

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator announced five agtech startups selected for the program’s 2018 cohort. “We received a number of great applicants from around the country and the world,” said Megan Vollstedt, executive director for the accelerator. The five startups are: U.S. Design Consultants, Osceola, Iowa, which has developed an innovative method of broadcast dispensing granular […]

Three Central Iowa startups achieved top five placements at the annual Surge Summit, the closing workshop for University of Iowa’s Venture School. Mo’ Goodness, a Des Moines-based specialty food line, received $3,000 and first place in the day’s final pitch competition, out of 12 teams statewide that completed the eight-week Venture School program. Also in […]

A new venture capital firm co-led by former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt will seek to invest in health care technology and service companies that deliver innovative care to urban, low-income populations, Modern Healthcare reported. The VC firm, Town Hall Ventures, will focus on building companies that provide higher-quality and lower-cost care for lower-income, underserved communities, particularly […]

In the next few years, you might be saying goodbye to that file cabinet of insurance policies. The eight startup founders presenting at last night’s Global Insurance Symposium represented the latest graduating class of the Des Moines-based Global Insurance Accelerator, which has graduated 26 startup companies from the program as of Wednesday, director Brian Hemesath […]

Des Moines-based fintech startup LenderClose announced Tuesday the business has secured funding to add 25 new employees. Since launching in March 2016, LenderClose has added 100 lenders to its client list; in March 2018, LenderClose secured investment from two Iowa credit unions and added Chief Operating Officer Ben Rempe to its team. LenderClose’s latest round […]

Des Moines-based fintech startup LenderClose announced Tuesday the business has secured funding to add 25 new employees. Since launching in March 2016, LenderClose has added 100 lenders to its client list; in March 2018, LenderClose secured investment from two Iowa credit unions and added Chief Operating Officer Ben Rempe to its team. LenderClose’s latest round […]

VolunteerLocal, a Des Moines-based scheduling and registration platform, has announced a new partnership with North American IRONMAN and Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series events, President Kaylee Williams said in a statement on Thursday. IRONMAN events are expected to recruit around 100,000 volunteers in 2018, who assist races across North America with designated tasks including parking, […]

IDx, a University of Iowa spinout company based in Coralville, has received FDA approval to market IDx-DR, the  first medical device to use artificial intelligence to detect greater than a mild level of the eye disease diabetic retinopathy in adults who have diabetes. IDx recently announced a move to larger quarters in the Oakdale Research […]

NewBoCo’s inaugural Intrapreneur Academy welcomed six teams to spark innovation within their organizations last week. A mix of nonproft, for-profit and government entities are spending the next year to focus on four competencies of innovative organizations: Agile, Methods, Strategy and Culture. Each quarter will focus on one of the four competencies through workshops, networking groups […]