Bioconnect Iowa is debuting a new brand two years after shifting its mission toward the state’s biosciences, the organization formerly known as the Iowa Innovation Corp. announced this year. The change in name is just the start: Bioconnect Iowa partnered this year with Iowa State University’s Startup Factory and VentureNET Iowa to launch the Go-to-Market Accelerator in […]

Ohio Transmission Corp., an industrial equipment service provider and distributor based in Columbus, Ohio, has acquired JCI Industries Inc., a provider of pumps, motors, controls, field service and remanufacturing to commercial, industrial and environmental customers throughout the Midwest. Based in Lee’s Summit, Mo., near Kansas City, JCI Industries has seven sales and field service locations in five […]

Mercedes-Benz USA donated a 2015 C300 vehicle and a Xentry diagnosis kit to the Des Moines Area Community College Automotive Technology program, the first donation by Mercedes-Benz, DMACC announced this week. Students will use the vehicle and diagnosis kit at the Karl Chevrolet Automotive Technology Center on the Ankeny campus, which is scheduled to open […]

MercyOne announced last week it has signed an agreement with Hospital IQ, a Boston-based provider of predictive hospital operations software, to expand its use of artificial intelligence to improve coordination of patient access to care as Iowa’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and patient transfers surge.   The new system provides an unprecedented level of emergency coordination between all […]

West Des Moines-based VizyPay is the silver winner in the Small or Medium Business Service of the Year during the 2020 Best in Biz Awards, a national business awards program judged by editors and reporters across North America. VizyPay was recognized for its Cash Discount Program, which helps small to medium-sized businesses eliminate unpredictable monthly […]

The Federal Communications Commission awarded more than $143 million to 11 broadband providers as part of a national initiative to bring broadband to 10 million Americans, the FCC announced Friday. The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund awarded 11 broadband providers grants ranging from $8,586 to $112,637,885 to deliver speeds of 100 megabits-per-second download in rural Iowa. […]

BrokerTech Ventures announced four new company partnerships for the broker-centric accelerator program Tuesday, including one West Des Moines-based company. Merchants Bonding Co. joins 12 other regional brokerage partners in the U.S. who participate in the BrokerTech Ventures Accelerator to support mentoring, distribution, access to capital and brand exposure to brokerage-centric fintech startups. Invitations to 2021 […]

The Technology Association of Iowa is launching a new political action committee, TechPAC, to support candidates who advocate for the state’s technology industry, TAI announced Monday. The organization also announced its four priorities for the 2021 legislative session, which are broadband access, education access, funding by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, and the Innovation Tax Credits and Angel […]

John Deere’s X Series combines received a Robotics category award at CES, the national trade show hosted by the Consumer Technology Association, John Deere announced Wednesday. John Deere is a CES Innovation Award Honoree for the X Series, which uses ActiveVision camera technology to help farmers see inside a combine’s grain tank and monitor the condition […]

Applications are open now for Cultivo Virtual Academy, a six-week virtual program targeting international startup companies and entrepreneurs seeking entry in the U.S. market, America’s Cultivation Corridor announced Tuesday. Completion of the program will make participants eligible for a weeklong, in-person Cultivo event in Iowa, currently slated for 2022, giving participants an opportunity for additional […]