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, […]

Des Moines-based venture capital firm Next Level Ventures announced Dave Tucker has joined as a senior adviser to the firm. Tucker served as the senior vice president of technology at Workiva and previously sat as board chair for the Technology Association of Iowa’s board of directors in 2017. Tucker intends to continue consulting for Workiva […]

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 […]

After securing $1.5 million in seed-round funding, a startup dedicated to employee retention is now seeking a few more employees to retain.  WorkHound, the Des Moines-based startup that gives “undesked” employees a mobile platform to send anonymous feedback to management, seeks to grow from 12 full-time workers in Des Moines and Chattanooga, Tenn., to a […]

Amazon Web Services is the Community sponsor for the 2019 Monetery Tech Summit, scheduled in Des Moines May 21 and 22, organizers at Dwolla announced. Amazon Web Services is underwriting 50 tickets for students and the general public to attend the conference, to be held in the Temple for Performing Arts. This year’s agenda includes speakers Matthew […]

Clue, Eve, Flo, Dot, Ovia, Cycles.  If you are a man, there is a good chance you have never heard of these before. If you are a woman, there is a better chance you’ve read about them — if you use a menstrual app, you might have tracked the last three years’ worth of blood […]

Entrepreneur, venture capitalist and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang will be speaking at the 2019 Monetery tech summit in Des Moines, hosted by Dwolla at the Temple of Performing Arts. Yang is the founder of Venture for America, and as a political candidate is best known in the field for his universal basic income […]

Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of cloud network platform Cloudflare, will be the keynote speaker during the 2019 Monetery tech summit on May 21 in Des Moines, organizers at Dwolla announced on Monday. Prince is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and serves on the board of advisers for the Center of Information Technology and […]

How do startups navigate the world of venture capital? Next Level Ventures principal partner Scott Hoekman broke it down for the audience at Wednesday’s 1 Million Cups presentation. The whole presentation is available on Facebook @1MillionCupsDSM, but here’s a few takeaways to note if you’re unfamiliar. Next Level Ventures is seeking its next eight to […]