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Des Moines, Ames and Greater Iowa


LenderClose offers ‘lending heaven’ for refinance and home equity lenders

By SPN Team / February 26, 2019

LenderClose, founded in 2015, and headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is equipping local community financial institutions to compete with national lending brands. LenderClose is a developer of products and services for lenders with the mission of saving local lenders time and money, and ultimately lowering costs for borrowers, all with an exponentially faster turn-around.  LenderClose’s…

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MākuSafe closes $3 million seed round

By SPN Team / February 18, 2019

Des Moines, IA-based MākuSafe announced on February 6 that it has raised $3 million in seed money. Investors include EMC Insurance Companies, Next Level Ventures, and The Best of the Midwest. The company plans to use the funds to hire and to scale the manufacturing of its technology. MākuSafe provides a cloud platform called MākuSafe…

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Rantizo Wins AgTech Innovation Competition in Des Moines

By SPN Team / February 12, 2019

Iowa City agritech startup Rantizo won the $20,000 Grand Prize, sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America, at last month’s AgTech Innovation Competition in Des Moines. Rantizo is an Iowa based agricultural tech startup creating a targeted drone spraying platform that utilizes electrostatic technology to safely and precisely deliver cartridge dispensed agrichemicals when and where…

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RAYGUN raises $582 K in angel funding

By SPN Team / February 7, 2019

                    RAYGUN, raised $582,000 in angel funding from undisclosed investors on January 15. The company is a Des Moines, Iowa-based e-commerce platform selling printed apparel, home, and kitchen items. In addition to printed t-shirts, the RAYGUN’s online products include drinkware, paper products such as postcards, notebooks,…

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Des Moines-based Denim announces international expansion

By SPN Team / December 14, 2018

Denim®, an intelligent mobile marketing platform for financial services, announced this week that it has been selected to partner with Startupbootcamp Colab InsurTech London (SBC Colab). As an innovation program, SBC Colab identifies insurers’ priorities and gaps within business operations and aligns them with the best emerging technologies. “We’re excited and honored to have been…

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Kauffman provides a grant to the Startup Champions Network

By SPN Team / November 6, 2018

The Startup Champions Network, a national organization of entrepreneurial ecosystem builders with a strong Silicon Prairie presence, announced on October 29 that it received a planning grant from the Kansas City, Missouri-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. An entrepreneurial ecosystem builder is a person who helps facilitate the multi-faceted creation and improvement of the components of…

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Denim Summit will bring innovation thought-leaders to Des Moines

By SPN Team / September 19, 2018

Denim®, provider of an intelligent mobile advertising automation platform for financial services companies, will host Denim Summit 2018 in downtown Des Moines on Oct. 24 and 25. The event will bring together leaders from the insurance, banking, financial services, and technology industries to experience thought-provoking speakers and out-of-the-box networking opportunities. New this year, Denim will…

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Des Moines-based Igor launches IOT platform Nexos

By Laura Neesen / September 6, 2018

Igor, Inc. announced last week the launch of Nexos, an IOT platform designed to turn legacy properties into agile, smart buildings. Igor is a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) smart building technology, based in Des Moines, Iowa. Igor’s international launch of Nexos comes as the IoT revolution is forecast to reach an estimated $67.5…

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