Four award-winning businesses and three honorable mentions were awarded between $4,000 and $40,000 in the 15th Annual John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition, held digitally in September, the Iowa State University and University of Iowa JPEC centers announced last week. 3D Health Solutions of Ames received $40,000 and first place, FBB Biomed of Iowa City […]

ACT, based in Iowa City, has released a new distance learning product called Mosaic to provide educators, students and families online learning tools and services for the classroom and at home, ACT announced last week. The product suite features an adaptive learning platform and professional development services for grades K-18. More information is available online. 

Cardio Diagnostics Inc., a company that assesses genetic and epigenetic DNA markers to monitor a patient’s risk for heart disease, was recently selected as “one to watch” in this year’s inaugural Spinoff Prize, organized by Nature Research and Merck KGaA. Founded in 2017 and based at the UI Research Park in Coralville, Cardio Diagnostics focuses on human health […]

Students in Iowa City will start the school year online following an unanimous vote by the school board Tuesday night, reports the Corridor Business Journal. The board had considered “hybrid” and in-person instruction on campus, but members ultimately decided the risk of COVID-19 being spread by children and staff was too great, the Press-Citizen reports. […]

Agtech startup Rantizo, primarily known as a drone spraying service for row crop farmers, is launching stadium and sports arena drone spraying services to help large-scale event vendors with sanitization efforts, the Iowa City company announced this week. Sports organizations or open areas needing to be sanitized will be charged an initial setup fee, as […]

Two startup accelerators announced inaugural teams for their 2020 cohorts this week.  BrokerTech Ventures of Des Moines and Iowa EdTech Accelerator of Iowa City will both welcome startup founders on March 2 as founders begin the five-week program for BrokerTech and 14-week program for Iowa EdTech.  Twelve BrokerTech Ventures startups will operate in Gravitate Coworking […]

An Iowa City company has won a state grant to help it continue producing some unique models, reports Radio Iowa. Neil Quellhorst of Protostudios says the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board grant of $492,000 paid for a new 3D printer to print anatomically accurate body parts, including mimicking the material feel of a real organ. Quellhorst […]

Iowa City agtech startup Rantizo is the first company approved for agricultural drone spraying in Wisconsin, Rantizo announced this week. Rantizo said the approval from Federal Aviation Administration and the state of Wisconsin is aiding the startup in expanding state-by-state, and continuing partnerships with neighboring Departments of Agriculture. Earlier in July, Rantizo became the first […]

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board approved innovation funding to support five Iowa startups located in Des Moines, Le Claire, West Des Moines and Iowa City.  HomePainter, based in Des Moines, has developed an online estimating tool that provides homeowners with an accurate paint estimate in less than five minutes, then subcontracts booked jobs […]