EngeniousAg LLC, a participant in Iowa State University’s Startup Factory, has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for $100,000 to develop low-cost, high-specificity nitrate sensors. The NIFA-funded project will allow EngeniousAg to improve the performance of their sensors and […]

This week, entrepreneur and Startup Factory cohort member Shelby Smith is caring for 5,000 to 6,000 babies. On Wednesday, they were mostly under 24 hours in age. Jiminy crickets, that’s a lot of babes. Luckily for Smith, the “pinheads” are just young acheta domesticus — house crickets — and fit very easily into the standard-sized […]

N-Sense LLC, a cohort member of the Iowa State University Startup Factory, has been awarded a $225,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant to conduct research and development work on development a field mobile soil nitrate sensor for precision fertilizer management, Startup Factory announced Wednesday. N-Sense’s system, developed by […]

Two Iowa State University undergraduates are taking home the $15,000 top prize at the Western University Ivey Honors Business Administration Business Plan Competition in Canada – after accidentally competing against MBA-level business founders. HomePainter co-founders Jacob McClamon and Anthony House competed against eighteen teams of undergraduate and graduate level university students from the U.S., Mexico […]