Agtech startup Rantizo, primarily known as a drone spraying service for row crop farmers, is launching stadium and sports arena drone spraying services to help large-scale event vendors with sanitization efforts, the Iowa City company announced this week. Sports organizations or open areas needing to be sanitized will be charged an initial setup fee, as […]

Rocket Referrals has launched a new website to connect U.S. residents in need of a reusable cloth mask with mask makers, the company announced in a statement. Maskhelpers.org launched on April 18. In the first week, people have mailed more than 1,500 masks to 500 families nationally, according to the company. Anyone who would like […]

The Frank J. Ross Boys & Girls Club was announced as a STEM Scale-Up program awardee by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council for the 2020-21 school year. The program will provide club members with the opportunity to learn and explore the engineering design process through the STEM in Action program by hand2mind, beginning in […]

EMC Insurance Cos. and Iowa State professor Lisa Schulte Moore are winners of the innovationIOWA awards, the Business Record announced today.  EMC is the recipient of the Corteva Agriscience innovationLEADER Award for its efforts to take a company value of innovation to the next level. Lisa Schulte Moore — professor of natural resource ecology and […]

Fareway is alerting current and former employees about a data security event after its payroll vendor PaperlessPay Corp. reported a server breach by an unauthorized individual. PaperlessPay notified Fareway on March 20 that an individual had accessed the server one month earlier, Feb. 18, which held data of current and former Fareway employees, according to […]

The Ag Startup Engine has invested an initial $50,000 in Ames startup Haber Technologies Inc., which is commercializing a grain bin drying technology called DRI-Stack to reduce damage and spoilage once corn is harvested. The system will allow farmers to harvest earlier, reduce utility costs, increase safety and make drying a faster process, ASE said […]

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 […]

Financial Plus Credit Union joined Ascentra Credit Union, Collins Community Credit Union and Serve Credit Union in a Series B funding round as Des Moines startup LenderClose is raising $10 million. The LenderClose platform, which recently added remote online notarization for customers, is now used by more than 200 credit unions and community banks nationally, […]

Iowa State University’s Startup Factory has moved all weekly cohort meetings online to continue delivering the 52-week program, the organization announced this week. The accelerator has extended its cohort nine application deadline to May 29 as well; applications are available online. Final decisions will be announced in June, and the cohort is scheduled to begin […]