Johnston-based Growers Edge Financial Inc. announced this week the close of a $40 million Series B round of financing for the development of financial technology products in the agricultural industry. Led by Seed 2 Growth Ventures, Cox Enterprises and Skyline Global Partners, the round will allow Growers Edge to help more growers “de-risk” agtech adoption, […]

ETALYC, an Ames SaaS provider focused on improving traffic flow and safety, has been selected to participate in the 2020 University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase on Sept. 10 in Washington, D.C. ETALYC will be one of several university-affiliated startups featured in the showcase hosted by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the Association […]

From left, InfraLytiks Chief Operating Officer Tyler Carter, Chief Technology Officer Akash Vidyadharan and President Kevin Prendergast.  Submitted photo When Des Moines startup InfraLytiks started the year, the staff was looking at data in the stars as part of the Catalyst Space Accelerator. Now, the team is leveraging the experience as InfraLytiks wades further into […]

The Iowa Economic Development Authority approved innovation funding in support of five startups located in Ellsworth, Iowa City, Marion, Des Moines and Roland. Eagle’s Catch, an aquaculture company constructing an indoor fish farm to produce sustainable tilapia, was awarded a $100,000 Demonstration Fund loan to purchase equipment. Apollo Technologies is an online hiring platform matching […]

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator is extending the deadline for applications to its annual AgTech Startup Program from March 31 to May 1, the accelerator announced this week. The board also announced a new member, Grant Kimberly, who serves as the senior director of market development for the Iowa Soybean Association and as executive director of […]

Inc. Magazine ranked Rocket Referrals No. 75 out of the 250 Most Successful Companies in the Midwest. The Des Moines-based communications software platform, which is mistakenly listed as being headquartered in Indiana, is the highest ranked of three Iowa companies: McClure Engineering of Clive was ranked No. 120, and Moxie Solar of Iowa City, No. 127. 

Applications for the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Competition are now being accepted as the organization prepares to award $100,000 in cash prizes during its 15th year, the organization announced Wednesday. The seed funding consists of a $50,000 contribution from John and Mary Pappajohn, and a $50,000 match from the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Applications are […]

MākuSafe, the West Des Moines-based wearable technology startup designing for industrial employee safety, will launch its wearable armband device and MākuSmart SaaS platform later this month, the company announced on Tuesday. The company will produce a limited number of hardware devices for 2020, of which approximately a third have been reserved by industrial users and workers’ […]

Des Moines analytics startup InfraLytiks is participating in the Catalyst Space Accelerator based in Colorado Springs, Colo., one of eight companies to join the accelerator that began Jan. 6. The Air Force Research Lab — Space Vehicles Directorate Catalyst Space Accelerator is a three-month program that dedicated its fifth cohort to data fusion for space […]