Co-founder and CEO Arsalan Lodhi likes to compare agtech startup Wisran to public utilities metering. Without water or gas meters, Lodhi said, communities would have no way to track the waste of resources incurred by residents, and costs would look much different. “The same concept and principles we are bringing to farming operations,” Lodhi said, […]

How can a regional health care organization with operations in three states and some 32,000 employees become more innovative? Iowa-based UnityPoint Health — the 13th-largest nonprofit health system in the country — decided it would build a mechanism to empower its employees to think like entrepreneurs, by developing a center to rapidly evaluate ideas submitted […]

From self-driving cars to face-scanning phones, technology is encroaching into the most mundane parts of everyday life — and the insurance industry is seeing change arriving. We asked four leaders in the industry to reflect on their company’s role during this transformation, and what customers can expect from the industry in the future. They are: […]

The 2018 Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) Conference will take place July 24-26 in downtown Des Moines, the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) announced today. TECNA represents more than 50 IT and technology trade organizations comprised of more than 22,000 technology-related companies in North America. TAI board member and Des Moines entrepreneur Ben Milne […]

Highway Equipment company of Cedar Rapids has become the first Platinum Harvester Sponsor for the Ag Startup Engine at Iowa State University. The Ag Startup Engine effort was launched two years ago to help with seed-stage investment and organized mentorship.  “Now more than ever, we need entrepreneurs and innovators in the agricultural industry,” said Rocki […]

EntreFEST 2018’s opening keynote is still fresh in attendees’ minds after keynote speaker Victor Hwang, vice president of entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, laid the foundation for attendees to explore building local economies by ecosystem instead of building individual-by-individual. It seemed fitting for Hwang to commence the conference on the topic of ecosystems in Cedar Rapids, […]

Buckle up: 2025 is only seven years away. Last week Aaron Proietti, founder of Adaptivity Enterprises and a self-proclaimed futurist, offered EntreFEST conference attendees in Cedar Rapids several thoughtful predictions of what to expect from the world in less than 10 years. “The technologies that I’ve shown here are not inherently good or evil, but […]