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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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Cedar Rapid’s NewBoCo Launch Day will highlight Iowa innovators

By SPN Team / December 4, 2018

Launch Day, NewBoCo’s annual event that celebrates accomplishments in entrepreneurship, innovation, and tech education in Iowa, is coming next Tuesday, December 11 to Theatre Cedar Rapids. “Launch Day is our annual opportunity to really celebrate the big wins for Iowa’s startups, innovators, and tech educators and students,” NewBoCo Chief Operating Officer Aaron Horn said. “I…

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Companies pitch at Dream Big Grow Here in Sheldon, Iowa

By SPN Team / November 30, 2018

Five finalist companies in northwest Iowa competed for a chance to win cash prizes to help grow their businesses. The fifth annual Dream Big Grow Here event, held at Sheldon, Iowa’s Crossroads Pavilion Event Center, took place on November 15. The committee selected five finalists to compete for first, second and third place prizes totaling…

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Sioux City is rebooting a bright tech future

By SPN Team / November 19, 2018

Sioux City has a history as a tech leader, and history is about to repeat itself. For those that don’t know, Sioux City was once a hub of cutting-edge technology employing thousands of tech workers. In the late 1980s, Ted Waitt launched Gateway 2000 from his father’s Sioux City cattle farm. The Fortune 500 eventually…

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Sioux City Launch Week begins today

By SPN Team / November 7, 2018

Sioux City Launch Week kicks off today with a wide range of events aimed toward engaging northwest Iowa’s entrepreneurial community and building a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem. Launch week is organized by Iowa’s West Coast Initiative, led by the economic development organizations in Plymouth, Monona and Woodbury counties, which are working together to increase entrepreneurial activity…

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