The East Polk Innovation Collaborative, Facebook and other local partners have established the East Polk County Relief Fund for local COVID-19 relief, supported by an initial $350,000 contribution by Facebook, the company announced this week. The fund will designate $250,000 for small business support and $100,000 for nonprofit and individual assistance. Small businesses and nonprofits […]

The Iowa Economic Development Authority approved innovation funding in support of five startups located in Ellsworth, Iowa City, Marion, Des Moines and Roland. Eagle’s Catch, an aquaculture company constructing an indoor fish farm to produce sustainable tilapia, was awarded a $100,000 Demonstration Fund loan to purchase equipment. Apollo Technologies is an online hiring platform matching […]

Des Moines-based venture capital firm Next Level Ventures announced Dave Tucker has joined as a senior adviser to the firm. Tucker served as the senior vice president of technology at Workiva and previously sat as board chair for the Technology Association of Iowa’s board of directors in 2017. Tucker intends to continue consulting for Workiva […]

Fourteen Central Iowa schools and nonprofits were awarded 2020 Facebook Community Action grants ranging from $3,900 to $62,386, the Facebook Altoona Data Center announced this week. The full list of local organizations is available online. The Altoona Data Center also announced applications are open for the Facebook Small Business Grants Program, which is offering $100 […]

Applications for the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Competition are now being accepted as the organization prepares to award $100,000 in cash prizes during its 15th year, the organization announced Wednesday. The seed funding consists of a $50,000 contribution from John and Mary Pappajohn, and a $50,000 match from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Applications are […]

The Office of the Chief Information Officer of the State of Iowa has released new guidelines to assist businesses and organizations as they transition employees to a work-from-home status. Workers are encouraged to review the red flags of cybersecurity threats and practice good security habits from home. More guidelines and a list of resources to […]

Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office will provide $1 million to Iowa counties to assist them with cybersecurity resources ahead of the 2020 elections, Pate announced on Thursday. The investment comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Iowa’s Office of the Chief Information Officer are preparing to conduct scans of all 99 counties’ […]

Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office will provide $1 million to Iowa counties to assist them with cybersecurity resources ahead of the 2020 elections, Pate announced on Thursday. The investment comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Iowa’s Office of the Chief Information Officer are preparing to conduct scans of all 99 counties’ […]

A new bill introduced by Iowa Sen. Zach Nunn, R-Altoona, would require the “removal of internet content upon request” under the title “The Right to Be Forgotten” Act, a phrase associated with the “right to erasure” that gives European Union citizens the power to demand certain data about them be deleted from company servers.  The […]

The Iowa Economic Development Authority board approved awards for four startups in Ames, Iowa City, West Des Moines and West Liberty, the board announced on Friday. IEDA awarded a $25,000 Proof of Commercial Relevance (POCR) loan to Ames-based Skroot Laboratory Inc., a $100,000 loan from the Demonstration Fund to Iowa City-based Malum Inc., a $100,000 […]