First Iowa Angel Investor Summit aims to educate aspiring investors, unite angel community Tech takeaway: The Greater Des Moines Partnership and ISA Ventures hosted the first Iowa Angel Investor Summit on Nov. 18 as part of an initiative to address gaps in the entrepreneurial ecosystem identified by the 11-person group of Central Iowa stakeholders participating […]

The Iowa Economic Development Board last week approved awards for five companies that will lead to the creation of 266 jobs, and represent more than $200 million in capital investment in the state. The IEDA board also approved awards to two startups: CartilaGen in Coralville received a $125,000 Demonstration Fund award for product refinement, market planning and […]

Jess Louis joined the Global Insurance Accelerator as its program manager this week, the accelerator announced on its blog. She will oversee the GIA’s programming with managing director Dan Israel, who started transitioning into his new role in May. Louis’ most recent role was with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa, running its volunteer program […]

A look into the effort to create a vision, plan for entrepreneurship’s future in the region Entrepreneurial ecosystem, innovation ecosystem — terms like these are embedded in everyday conversations happening within the business and technology communities. They help in referring to the broader environment and everything that comes together to fuel entrepreneurship and innovation, but a […]

Nine Iowa startups received a total of $100,000 as winners of the 2022 Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition, which were named on Aug. 12. Continuum Ag received the $40,000 first place award, Farm Story Meats received $25,000 for second place and DenScore received $15,000 for third place. Honorable mention awards of $5,000 or $2,000 went to six more startups: ReEnvision Ag, Juggernaut, Janas Materials, Hummingbirds, Farmers Risk and Easy2Show. […]

The Global Insurance Accelerator is now accepting applications for its ninth accelerator program, incoming Managing Director Dan Israel announced in a blog post. “While change is occurring in the leadership of the GIA, our 100-day program, our mentors, and our insurance carrier investors all remain focused on helping amazing founders, teams, and insurtech companies reach their […]

Iowa startup SAFI-Tech, which is creating no-heat and low-heat electronics solder, is partnering with Indium Corp., Clay and Milk reported. Indium and SAFI-Tech will evaluate market applications for supercooled solder materials and explore the development of new products, according to a news release. “Indium Corporation is a world leader and innovator in electronics solder products. Our […]