BrokerTech Ventures announced Monday that applications are open for its 2022 accelerator program. The Des Moines-based accelerator focuses on startups that serve the insurance industry and specifically brokers. The 2022 program will be BTV’s third accelerator since its founding in 2019. Twenty startups will be selected for the program early next year, with the five-week program starting […]

Des Moines-based technology and marketing collective Anthologic has acquired Flatout, a company specializing in brand imaging. Anthologic is a privately owned group of companies, now including Flatout, that combines the specialized services of each company to serve businesses’ marketing and technology needs. Other members of the collective are Performance Marketing, Shift Interactive, Blue Traffic and Vector Haus. (Learn […]

BrokerTech Ventures took a significant step last week toward its goal of building a connecting bridge between Israeli- and U.S.-based insurtech founders and insurance brokers. The Des Moines-based insurtech accelerator hosted a delegation representing the Israel InsurTech Accelerator, which was launched last year in partnership with BrokerTech Ventures as the first broker-led insurance accelerator in Israel. […]

American Equity Investment Life Holding Co., based in West Des Moines, announced Nov. 4 it has made a $1 billion investment in a dedicated technology lending platform developed by Monroe Capital LLC, a Chicago-based boutique asset management firm specializing in private credit. The new lending platform focuses on middle-market software, technology and recurring revenue (STARR) loans originated […]

Cedar Rapids will be one of three cities to participate in the Capstone Challenge Series, a pilot program led by advocacy organization National League of Cities testing geographic information system (GIS) broadband tools. Esri is the program’s strategic partner, providing four GIS solutions to launch and test in Purcellville, Va.; Butte-Silver Bow, Mont. and Cedar Rapids. Included are the equity […]

Chuck Magro joined Corteva Agriscience Nov. 1 as its CEO and a member of the board of directors. Based in Delaware, Corteva formed after the 2019 merger of Dow and DuPont and operates labs and seed operations in Johnston and throughout Iowa. The appointment was announced last week in a release saying Magro will replace the retiring Jim Collins. Magro’s most […]

Founder’s long-term goal is to create a new Des Moines-based freight hub Jeremy Spillman has a vision for using blockchain technology and “smart contracts” to bring trucking and the logistics industry into the 21st century. His Des Moines-based startup company, Toggle Inc., is currently conducting a private beta test of its new blockchain-driven digital freight […]

After a virtual Prometheus awards last year, Technology Association of Iowa’s annual event is back in person tonight. As well as recognizing individual companies, startups and people for their achievements, one community will receive the award of Tech Community of the Year for its work bringing businesses, residents and local government to the table for […]