Iowa billionaire Harry Stine, founder of Stine Seed Co., announced an investment of $5 million into an Ames startup focusing on driverless tractors, the Des Moines Register reports. Founded by 28-year-old Colin Hurd, Smart Ag aims to solve critical labor shortages in agriculture with a software system that automates tractors used during the harvest. Smart […]

Google reported 8,200 Iowa organizations generated $899 million in economic activity using Google search and advertising tools in 2017. Iowa nonprofits received $1.13 million in free advertising through the Google Ad Grants program, the company said in a statement. Google’s Grow with Google initiative aims to give individuals free tools to build digital skills and businesses through […]

AARP today announced a collaboration with technology company Orbita Inc. to study new digital approaches for remote patient monitoring and for reducing social isolation. The work will guide ongoing development of solutions providing intuitive in-home access to information and tools to improve self-care among adults. Research shows that health outcomes improve when patients more fully […]

An autism therapy software founded by three University of Iowa students recently won the grand prize at Texas Christian University’s Values and Ventures business startup competition, the Tippie College of Business reports. ABAL Therapeutics, which won $25,000 in the national startup competition, is owned by co-founders Logan Grote, ‘18; Shamus Roeder, ‘19’ and Max Salinger, […]

A Des Moines-based direct-care agency has developed an in-house mobile documentation application that could also provide a less-expensive option for other care agencies. HOPE Agency, a nonprofit community-based provider of holistic care for children and adults with special needs, recently rolled out Quik Cliks, a documentation app that it built for its staff using an […]

A nonprofit organization promoting financial services innovation is rebranding. The Symphony Software Foundation has announced its launch as the Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS). The FINOS brand will continue to provide an independent forum for high-impact collaboration across the financial services community, the organization said in a statement. FINOS also announced several new members, including […]