Applications for the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Competition are now open. The statewide competition will award $100,000 in cash prizes, including a first place award of $40,000. Iowa businesses that have been in operation for four years or less, or are not yet cash flow positive are eligible to apply. Participants will be judged on […]

Next Level Ventures and credit union partners of Members Development Co. have launched a new collaborative venture capital fund for the development of financial services technology in the credit union industry. NLV will structure and manage the investments from the Curql Fund (pronounced “circle”) in fintech companies. Curql — spelled that way to highlight the C and […]

Bioconnect Iowa is debuting a new brand two years after shifting its mission toward the state’s biosciences, the organization formerly known as the Iowa Innovation Corp. announced this year. The change in name is just the start: Bioconnect Iowa partnered this year with Iowa State University’s Startup Factory and VentureNET Iowa to launch the Go-to-Market Accelerator in […]

The Technology Association of Iowa is launching a new political action committee, TechPAC, to support candidates who advocate for the state’s technology industry, TAI announced Monday. The organization also announced its four priorities for the 2021 legislative session, which are broadband access, education access, funding by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, and the Innovation Tax Credits and Angel […]

Des Moines-based BrokerTech Ventures and founding company Holmes Murphy closed a co-leading funding effort to raise $4 million in capital for Highwing, a Denver-based insurtech company focused on changing data processing and management for brokers and carriers. Commercial insurance is expected to reach $900 billion by 2021. Highwing intends to use the $4 million in […]

Applications are open to broker-focused startups for the Des Moines-based BrokerTech Ventures Accelerator’s 2021 program, the accelerator announced Oct. 29. The accelerator offers more than $500,000 in seed funding, up to $50,000 each to accepted startups. Submission deadlines for BrokerTech Ventures Accelerator is Nov. 30; selected startups will be notified in early February 2020. The […]

Iowa Workforce Development amended the Coronavirus Relief Fund Earn and Learn Grant released on Oct. 19 to expand applicant eligibility, IWD announced this week. High schools and previous recipients of the Coronavirus Relief Fund Employer Innovation Grant and Registered Apprenticeship Incentive Grant may receive additional funds of up to $250,000 through the Earn and Learn Grant. […]

Applications are open for two Microsoft Community Empowerment Funds targeting Des Moines organizations and nonprofits serving Central Iowa. The two funds will target three priority sectors: digital literacy and participation, environmental sustainability and skill-building, and workforce development in digital and trade skills. Microsoft is offering up to $10,000 in grants for Community Small Projects, and […]