If you’re building a startup ecosystem, you’re prepared to accept that not every idea will make it in the business world. Might as well celebrate. That’s the idea behind the new Startup Funerals in Iowa City, hosted by the Iowa City Area Development Group, reports the Corridor Business Journal. ICAD hosted the inaugural Startup Funeral for […]

Sixty-two nominees in 14 categories were announced today as finalists for the 2018 Prometheus Awards, presented by LWBJ. The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) said nominees included five Iowa communities, company leaders, and local or global companies in a range of industries, including technology, agriculture, financial services, manufacturing and health care. The winners of each […]

What do you get when a chemist pokes his head into a physicist’s Iowa laboratory? Something very, very small. Two Central Iowa professors and a college-based venture capital incubator are behind the nanotechnology introduced in ExpresSeed, a new, portable genetic detection system. Developed by Aaron Santos and Derek Lyons at Simpson College, the hand-held system is only slightly […]

A Des Moines-based initiative gives at-risk and refugee students their first boost inside STEM-based careers. Pi515 founder Nancy Mwirotsi is connecting Central Iowa students with sponsoring tech companies to teach STEM-related skills, including web/app development, robotics and financial literacy. The program gained 45 girls in the year’s first recruiting event, Mwirotsi said. Pi515 has already raised $15,000 […]

The National Farmers Union and the Natural Resources Conservation Service have developed a free tool to help farmers and ranchers improve soil conservation. The Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool uses an evaluation to point landowners toward goals. Aaron Lehman, a fifth-generation family farmer in Polk County, was one of the first farmers in Iowa to test […]