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 […]

Gabriella Perez, research technology compliance specialist at the University of Iowa, is one of six inaugural Trusted CI Open Science Cybersecurity fellows nationwide, reports the Cedar Rapids Gazette. The program is under the National Science Foundation’s Cybersecurity Center for Excellence, and Perez can access weekly digital presentations from cybersecurity experts and will receive funding to […]

Football legend and solar entrepreneur Tim Dwight stopped by the administrative building of Iowa City Community Schools with four solar panels on a trailer to support elementary, middle and high school students striking, reports the Iowa City Press-Citizen. A small number of students have staged a walkout every Friday for the last five weeks, pledging to […]

Iowa City leaders do not want to be caught off-guard the day autonomous vehicles become mainstream – and the city is tapping a team of University of Iowa graduate students to begin assessing the area’s needs, reports the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton said the city put in a request with the […]

The ICR Future Coalition is launching a new campaign to create 650 new high school job shadow and internship opportunities in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids region (ICR) by the end of 2020, reports the Corridor Business Journal. The campaign is one of the coalition’s core goals towards building the future workforce in the ICR region. […]

Iowa City-based ACT will launch a new product designed to help improve workforce readiness this January, as part of a strategic partnership between the company and the International Youth Foundation (IYF), a global nonprofit dedicated to positive youth development. Called ACT Tessera Workforce, the product will focus on measuring and improving workplace essential skills, also […]