BioConnect Iowa and its partners have announced the three Iowa companies that will take part in the fourth cohort of the Iowa Go-To-Market (G2M) Accelerator. According to a news release, the G2M Accelerator is designed to support Iowa companies developing technology-driven innovative products or services that have participated in another incubator, accelerator or business assistance program but could […]

Ag Startup Engine, a seed capital program for agricultural startups, on Wednesday announced Farmwave as the latest company to join its portfolio. According to the news release, Farmwave offers a solution to monitoring and managing mechanical harvest loss. Using AI software, the company has developed a system of cameras that mount on the combine in […]

The BrokerTech Ventures Accelerator has opened applications for its 2023 program. According to the news release, the concept of the BTV Accelerator is to be an “innovation hub” and proof of concept environment for broker-centric products and technology solutions, ultimately bringing validated solutions to the industry. More than $500,000 in funding is at stake for the early-stage […]

Ramco Innovations set to triple space available to startups Entrepreneur support center Maple Ventures is moving into its next phase with the announcement of its first full-time director and plans to triple the amount of space available to industrial technology companies at Ramco Innovations. Renovations are underway to convert one of three buildings at Ramco’s […]

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 […]

Talage Inc., a provider of digital distribution software products for commercial insurance, has announced $9 million in new venture funding. The round was led by Merus Capital, with participation by Calibrate Ventures, Hallador Financial, Advantage Capital and Reno Seed Fund. The Reno, Nev.-based company said it will use the funding to broaden its reach and increase […]

Candi Karsjens has been named the new director of North Iowa Area Community College’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center following the departure of Tim Putnam in December 2021. Karsjens joined NIACC’s Pappajohn center in 2019 as director of innovation and acceleration, bringing more than 30 years of experience in business and industry, including owning several businesses. In […]

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 […]