President Joe Biden announced Monday the commitment of 20 internet service providers to provide discounted internet to low-income households under the Affordable Connectivity Program, which passed as part of the infrastructure package, the Associated Press reported. The program creates $30 monthly subsidies for low-income households and $75 per month for tribal areas to pay for internet […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education announced Wednesday more than $500,000 in awards from the Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund to train K-12 teachers in public and private schools to teach computer science. The fund was established in 2017 to pay for teachers’ training to teach specific computer science courses or earning […]

Wells Fargo last week announced new resources designed to help increase the growth of female-owned small businesses, including a $1.5 million grant to How Women Lead. The San Francisco-based banking company said the initiative is “aimed at disrupting the unequal venture capital system for women founders.” Wells Fargo said the grant is meant to seed […]

Talage Inc., a provider of digital distribution software products for commercial insurance, has announced $9 million in new venture funding. The round was led by Merus Capital, with participation by Calibrate Ventures, Hallador Financial, Advantage Capital and Reno Seed Fund. The Reno, Nev.-based company said it will use the funding to broaden its reach and increase […]

The fund raised $250 million in assets, made 11 fintech investments in 2021 Next Level Ventures launched the Curql Fund (pronounced “circle”) early in 2021 as a national group of credit unions was expressing interest in a nationwide credit union-led venture capital fund that invests in fintech companies that serve credit unions and their members. […]

City pays $595K, provides Mediacom access to conduit network The city of West Des Moines will pay Mediacom $595,000 and allow the internet service to license parts of its conduit network, resolving a lawsuit filed more than a year ago, according to the settlement agreement reached by the two parties. Under the terms of the […]

The Technology Association of Iowa announced Jan. 26 that Laura Smith, chief information officer at UnityPoint Health Systems, will serve as chair of the board of directors in 2022. TAI’s three new board members are Michelle Bates, chief innovation officer at Revology Inc., Jason Katcher, vice president and chief information officer at ITA Group Inc., […]

The U.S. Small Business Administration is launching the Cybersecurity for Small Business Pilot Program and allocating $3 million in new funding to help emerging small business owners develop their cybersecurity infrastructure, SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced Friday. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses have adopted technology at high rates to survive, operate and grow […]

The Angel Capital Association, a collective of accredited angel investors, announced Tuesday it has formed the Angel Investor Foundation. The foundation was created as an effort to expand the association’s angel investing education program, the Ann and Bill Payne ACA Angel University, renamed for the foundation’s first major donors, according to a news release. Delivering educational […]