It’s been a while since people have met for coffee. Entrepreneurship is already often described as a lonely journey for individuals and co-founders. Throw in an ongoing pandemic, and it’s not hard to imagine how isolated community members can feel in a year without in-person events. In the mix of live and recorded videoconferencing events […]

Registration is available now for the first Black and Brown Business Summit hosted by the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, scheduled for April 22-23. Hosted at Athene, the summit is organized by the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce’s 27-member Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, led by Chamber Vice Chairperson Angela Jackson. Despite offering only limited […]

A mockup of the mobile Farmmee platform, expected to launch this spring. Contributed image A new mobile app launching for agricultural producers this spring is designed to connect farmers with equipment to farmers with jobs, the founders say. The Farmmee app is expected to launch after April 1 following a year of development and piloting […]

Tikly, a Des Moines-based platform for event ticket sales, is closing one year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the company announced on social media Friday morning. The company aimed to lower ticket fees for live events by giving artists and venues direct control over tickets sold, and served clients in five countries over ten years; […]

The Iowa Go-to-Market (G2M) Accelerator announced the inaugural 2021 G2M cohort of five participating Iowa biotechnology startups. Cohort members are CartilaGen of Iowa City, Classroom Clinic of Carroll, FBB Biomed of Coralville, Mazen Animal Health of Ames and Sushi3D, also of Ames. The accelerator is supported by BioConnect Iowa, VentureNet Iowa and the Iowa State […]

Trokt, a Des Moines startup developing negotiations-management software and “Thumbprinter” technology, joined the LexLab Accelerator in San Francisco, based out of the University of California Hastings College of Law. Trokt is one of six participants in the legaltech accelerator’s first virtual cohort, and aims to develop its marketing for its new Thumbprinter documentation product before […]

For the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator, 2020 was a program success, executive director Nadilia Gomez said this week.  In January, the accelerator received “unprecedented numbers” of applications for the 2020 cohort. At the onset of a global pandemic in the spring, IATA transferred the entire program virtually for the four participating startups.  “We were able to […]

The Iowa State University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Center was named one of five finalists in the Outstanding Contributions to Venture Creation award category by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC), a worldwide academic association of entrepreneurship educators. The award is given to honor a center that creatively supports the process of launching and accelerating […]

One month after releasing its findings on the digital safety net for small businesses, the Connected Commerce Council (3C) hosted Iowa businesses, community supporters and State Auditor Rob Sand in a webinar exploring how small businesses and individuals used technology tools to stay operating during the initial COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.  Moderated by 3C President Jake […]