The Iowa Economic Development Authority at its Friday meeting awarded Cedar Rapids-based nonprofit NewBoCo a $100,000 grant through the Entrepreneurial Investment Awards Program. NewBoCo will use the grant to launch its Community Partners Pilot Program in Mason City and Mount Pleasant, which will work to fill gaps in the local entrepreneurial environment by combining NewBoCo programming […]

The Idea Accelerator, a national accelerator led by Heartland Forward, is running a summer cohort of the program with 10 new Iowa City entrepreneurs following the conclusion of the first cohort in May. Builders and Backers and the Iowa City Area Development Group are continuing to partner with Heartland Forward to deliver the program. Heartland […]

The National Center on Self-Employment, Business Ownership, and Telecommuting has issued a report authored by the Harkin Institute identifying ways vocational rehabilitation agencies can enhance business-ownership and self-employment opportunities for people with disabilities, especially those categorized as having the most significant disabilities. According to a release, the rate of individuals with disabilities who are self-employed is about […]

The Pi515 2022 Girls Entrepreneurs Summit concluded last week with the announcement of this year’s pitch competition winner Aerz Johnson, a ninth grade student at Waterloo West High School. “I didn’t really have a plan before this. I don’t even have an idea to be up here,” Johnson said. “I didn’t know how to pitch, […]

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is hosting a seminar on April 7 for startup companies seeking guidance on raising capital to take their business to the next level. The discussion will cover a range of topics including the process of raising capital, capitalization tables and resources to help business owners throughout the process. The event […]

Entrepreneurs can now apply for the 2022 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition. Judges selected by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center will review all written submissions. Participants who advance to later rounds will give their pitches to a panel of judges, and the top three finalists will be awarded. The deadline to apply is May […]

The Octagon Center for the Arts and the Ames Community Arts Council are partnering to host the fourth annual Business of Art Conference, Radio Iowa reports. The conference is designed to bring together rural Iowa artists of all kinds to network and develop business and entrepreneurial skills. Each day features a keynote speech from Akwi Nji, a […]

The Startup Iowa Hot List is a new twice-monthly digest that aims to facilitate more connections between Iowa-based startups and the Midwest investor and entrepreneurial communities. The first list highlights startups like MemberMarketplace and ChopLocal, which are actively raising funds, as well as companies to watch. Questions and feedback can be sent to Diana Wright […]

The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce has announced the second annual Athene Black & Brown Business Summit Pitch Competition, scheduled for April 21. The deadline to submit an application to participate is March 1. Applicants must be at least 51% minority-owned, have been in business for at least two years and be a for-profit business. So far, $38,000 has […]