One Voice Des Moines is hosting its annual African Business Fair on Saturday, Feb. 24, to help small businesses in the African diaspora communities network and connect with larger organizations and government programs. One Voice Des Moines is an African-founded nonprofit focused on social impact, youth development, economic progress and collaborative engagement among individuals and communities of […]

Artificial intelligence is seen as a copilot and tool to help employees be more efficient, a panel of chief information officers said at the Technology Association of Iowa’s AI Public Policy Forum on Jan. 24. All three panelists — Kathy Kay of Principal Financial Group, Ryan Schaap of Wells Enterprise and Laura Smith of UnityPoint […]

America’s Cultivation Corridor is accepting applications from international startups and entrepreneurs for its 2024 Cultivo Virtual Academy cohorts. The next cohort, planned for April-May, will focus on companies in the Americas that are outside the U.S., Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region. Future cohorts will focus on Europe, Africa and Eastern Mediterranean regions, […]

Des Moines-based venture capital firm Next Level Ventures (NLV) has announced the promotions of Liz Keehner and Wyatt Powers. Keehner has been promoted to vice president from senior associate. She joined NLV in 2021 and has led investments in several companies, including Tractor Zoom, hummingbirds and iotaMotion. Powers has been promoted to associate from senior […]

America’s SBDC Iowa has announced Melissa Fabian and Dustin Rhoades as the winners of its 2024 special entrepreneur awards. Fabian, owner of Simply Nourished Market & Mercantile in Mason City, is the winner of the 2024 Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award. Simply Nourished offers organic, specialty and local food products as well as catering services and cooking […]

Submitted by Jim Chaffee, executive director of learning innovation and technology, University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business Virtual reality is changing the world and changing business, two points driven home when I participated in a virtual roundtable in December with Facebook’s technology boss and leading global technology thinker Sir Nick Clegg. The roundtable brought together […]

The Technology Association of Iowa has announced that Kathy Kay, executive vice president and chief information officer at Principal Financial Group, has been appointed as the 2024 board chair of the TAI board of directors. “Iowa is rapidly becoming a new hub for innovation and technology full of opportunities for growth, advocacy and connection,” Kay said […]

America’s Cultivation Corridor has announced its board officers for the 2024-25 leadership term.  Kevin Rasmussen, pictured on the right, is the owner of Owl Lake Production Co. and board member of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, will chair the board of directors. “Across the entire state, we’re seeing state-of-the-art innovation in a diverse range of agricultural […]

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council at the Iowa Department of Education announced the opportunity for Iowa pre-K-12 educators, both in and outside the classroom, to apply to expand and launch STEM Scale-Up programs for the 2024-25 academic year. The program aims to provide students with a range of STEM units and activities. The program serves over […]