Iowa State University, in cooperation with the City of Cedar Rapids, has released a report identifying new, emerging technologies that could be a starting point for increased economic activity, jobs and start-up companies in the city’s agricultural and bioprocessing industries. The Cedar Rapids Food and Bioprocessors Manufacturing Report is an outcome of a partnership begun […]

Aubrey Alvarez is not an app developer. But as executive director at Eat Greater Des Moines, Alvarez saw what the stakes were without an efficient solution to connect food “waste” from potential donors, like event planners or caterers, to potential recipients, including nonprofits and school pantries. Alvarez and the board of directors at Eat Greater […]

As Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Mike Colwell at the Greater Des Moines Partnership knows what draws an audience to networking and business-building events. “People tend to like t-shirts,” Colwell said. So for Accelerate DSM on April 5, the Greater Des Moines Partnership turned to Mike Draper of Raygun, seeking a nontraditional conference t-shirt. “It’s […]

The Dwolla-sponsored event Monetery raised $10,265 for an after-school coding education program, Dwolla announced on Tuesday. More than 250 participants attended as panels of investors, entrepreneurs and community members explored what it takes to create value and diversity in the midwestern business community. All money raised was donated to Pi515, which educates underserved Iowa students […]

President Donald Trump has signed into law a new rural wireless access bill first introduced to the U.S. House by Iowa Rep. Dave Loebsack. The Rural Wireless Access Act will require the Federal Communications Commission to develop new maps for wireless coverage, reports the Corridor Business Journal. Those maps are used to award subsidies to […]

From left: IowaBio Executive Director Joe Hrdlicka; SynderBio co-founder Dr. Sarah Vigmostad; and IowaBio Associate Director Melissa Moyer. Contributed photo A cancer diagnostics company and a long-time entrepreneur and community leader both received top honors at this year’s Partnering for Growth Biotech Innovation Showcase. SynderBio, based in Coralville, is a lab automation and cancer diagnostics […]

While other emerging companies traveled from California, Kentucky or Missouri, PowerPollen just made a quick trip across town to join the two-day Partnering for Growth biotechnology showcase, hosted by IowaBio. Through three years of research, PowerPollen had already outgrown two locations in Des Moines and Urbandale before setting down roots in Ankeny in April 2017. […]

In 2008, David Tominsky was working in downtown Cedar Rapids, just blocks away from the Cedar River. That June, monumental river levels stopped everyone in their tracks. “The building that I worked out of – the basement was completely filled, and the water came up ten or eleven feet onto that first floor,” Tominsky, now […]

During a tour of a workforce training program in Waukee, presidential adviser Ivanka Trump said the administration remains committed to infrastructure improvements, including workforce development and wider rural access to broadband service. Those are three top priorities of many Iowa business groups and politicians. Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, said she wanted to visit […]

1 Million Cups organizer Ben McDougal interviews Gov. Kim Reynolds during her first appearance at the weekly Des Moines gathering. Photo by Kate Hayden For the first fifteen to twenty minutes, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds stood at the lecturn addressing a room of more than 50 during Wednesday’s 1 Million Cups meeting in the Science […]