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Prairie Moves: TAI announces Women of Innovation winners

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Technology of Iowa and DuPont Pioneer Award 2012 Women of Innovation: Leaders in Iowa’s High-Tech Sector” – Among the 10 recipients of this year’s awards, TAI recognized Kate Washut of Far Reach with the Entrepreneurial Innovation and Leadership award.


“We’re going to exhaust the available air supply here for tech talent.” – StartupCity Des Moines’ Christian Renaud to the Des Moines Business Record for a story that examines the available tech talent in Iowa. – Des Moines Business Record

Product and business updates

  • LockPath, a provider of governance, risk management and compliance applications, released version 3.0 of its Keylight platform – Press Release
  • Koala Pay, a mobile payment platform that aims to enable merchants to build a more loyal and engaged customer base, is launching in Iowa City this month – The Gazette
  • Torsion Mobile integrated MailChimp in its Mojaba product, a platform for building and hosting mobile-optimized websites – Press Release and Des Moines Register
  • Zapier, a platform that connects business applications, rolled out a new free plan – Zapier blog


  • Neighborly – “Kansas City citizens fund civic project with donations” – Marketplace
  • Dwolla – “Tech Insurgents 2012: Alex Taub and Michael Schonfeld” – BetaBeat
  • RAZ Mobile – “The sun rises on fundraising tool RAZ Mobile” – The Pitch
  • AgLocal – “AgLocal wants to help you find guilt-free meat” – The Pitch
  • Truckily – “Truckily draws you a map to find your lunch” – The Pitch
  • Fannect – “Who has the best fans? Fannect wants to know” – The Pitch
  • EyeVerify – “EyeVerify may be the key to keeping your secrets” – The Pitch
  • Lucky Organe – “Lucky Orange takes real-time Web analytics to new levels” – The Pitch
  • Startup@Kauffman Demo Day – “The Local Show” – KCPT
  • “U of I tech entrepreneurs part of startup fair in DSM” – Des Moines Register
  • “Startups igniting entrepreneurial spirit in Iowa City, statewide” – The Daily Iowan
  • “Technical difficulties” – Des Moines Business Record
  • “Industry Report: Technology” – Des Moines Business Record

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  • “DigiGirlz gives girls a life path” – Des Moines Register
  • 1 Million Cups expanded to Des Moines – SPN
  • H&R Block and Think Big Partners announced Hackovate Health 2013, a competition designed to identify innovative mobile, online, social and other applications that help consumers navigate the new health care landscape – Think Big Partners blog
  • U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas delivered a floor speech about Global Entrepreneurship Week – Sen. Jerry Moran on YouTube
  • KCnext – The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City announced the addition of three members to its Board of Directors – KCnext newsletter 


Credits: Photo from technologyiowa.org.

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