The Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation has launched a web-based filing system for attorneys, workers, employers and insurers. The new Workers’ Compensation Electronic System will allow the division to transition from paper filing to electronic filing, the agency said in a release. “WCES will bring the Iowa work comp system into the 21st century,” said […]

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board approved innovation funding to support five Iowa startups located in Altoona, Le Claire, West Des Moines and Iowa City.  HomePainter, based in Des Moines, has developed an online estimating tool that provides homeowners with an accurate paint estimate in less than five minutes, then subcontracts booked jobs to […]

Nadilia Gomez will join the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator as executive director beginning on Aug. 1, the accelerator announced. Gomez joins the accelerator from  Corteva Agriscience, where she served as a senior research scientist in Predictive Ag, and a digital pillar leader of the Disruptive Business Innovation Portfolio. At Corteva, Gomez was responsible for tactical and […]

Cybersecurity is a never-ending threat, but the biggest risk to an organization can also sprout from its most trusted asset — the employees.  BrightWise, a new company born out of collaboration between West Des Moines-based Affiliates Management Co. and Montana-based LMG Security, is meant to mitigate those risks. CEO Sherri Davidoff, who is also CEO […]

Consumers who reach for decaffeinated coffee may not know how much of a carbon footprint their choice leaves behind.  To decaffeinate, coffee beans are transported to a specialized plant and treated either by organic chemical solvents or by a steam and water process, then shipped again to be processed and packaged. What if producers could […]

The Science Center of Iowa has released its schedule of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA’s first successful mission landing astronauts on the moon. Events include the viewing of a worldwide celebration coordinating mass rocket launches on July 16; a moon landing-themed Mixology Night on July 19; and the […]

Tillable, a Chicago-based startup building a farmland rental marketplace, is launching its Hassle-Free Lease program in Iowa. Under the Hassle-Free Lease, Tillable provides Iowa landowners a one- or three-year rental offer for their land, pays the landowner in full up front, and finds a farmer to operate their land for the duration of the lease […]

FarrPro, an Iowa-based agtech startup, has won the 2019 National Hog Farm New Product Tour “Producer’s Choice” Award with their Haven product, FarrPro announced on Wednesday. The Producer’s Choice Award goes to the product receiving the most votes cast online by the readers of National Hog Farmer magazine and website. FarrPro’s Haven units create a […]