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Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Provides Funds

By Tom Chapman / July 26, 2019

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (“IEDA”) announced that five companies had received demonstration funds from IEDA last week The five companies funded by the IEDA are:  Home Painter received a proof of concept loan of $25,000,  Lender Close received a Propel Loan of $250,000 from the Iowa Acceleration Fund,  MakuSafe received a…

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EntreFEST in Cedar Rapids this week, Venture School Launch Day tonight

By Laura Neesen / May 16, 2019

Tominsky, David (@tominsky). “These are my people, my tribe. On an adventure together at #entrefest #EntreFEST2019.”  10:25 AM – May 16, 2019. Tweet Tominsky, David (@tominsky).  “Love that @geoffwood does this crash course on the Iowa Startup Scene and excited to have it as one of the first sessions at #EntreFEST2019.” 9:09 AM – May…

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More than 600 attend Heartland Shark Tank casting call

By Rod Armstrong / April 15, 2019

The first step in getting on Shark Tank, the reality TV startup pitch competition, is a casting call. On April 6, 150 teams got their chance to pitch to one of five casting producers in Lincoln. The event was organized by the Engler Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “This is the time of…

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We are having the wrong conversation about workforce development

By Ola Ayeni / April 12, 2019

It’s no secret: The Silicon Prairie has a workforce problem. It isn’t just us, either. Employers across America can’t find enough qualified workers. With a historically low unemployment rate, qualified, talented workers aren’t just sitting in front of a screen browsing ZipRectuiter and CareerBuilder. This talent shortage hasn’t gone unnoticed by workforce developers. That said,…

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8QS With a Silicon Prairie Founder: Tamara Brunow

By SPN Team / April 5, 2019

Tamara Brunow is CEO of Brunow Contracting and H2W Apparel. Tamara Brunow is the CEO of Brunow Contracting, an SBA 8(a) Certified, Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned, HUBZone Concern based in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Tamara has overcome gender barriers and other challenges in a male-dominated industry to become one of the few women in the country to…

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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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Iowa Startups of 2018

By SPN Team / December 21, 2018

Since the beginning of 2016, more than 150 Iowa companies have received a venture investment according to Pitchbook – totaling more than $100 million in venture activity in the state. Surprisingly, the Iowa City region has received more $1 million+ investments than any other community in Iowa, including Des Moines. And in that group from…

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