Cedar Rapids and Iowa City

DeliveRecon knowledge share app helps keep fleets informed and efficient

By Rod Armstrong / October 12, 2018

Truck drivers sometimes encounter unexpected challenges that hinder their efficiency or put them behind schedule. For example, a security code at an entry gate for a delivery may have been changed without notice. Plattsmouth, Nebraska startup DeliveRecon has created an app and driver knowledge base that allows drivers to communicate issues like this to each…

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Rantizo reducing farmers need for chemicals with targeted drone spraying

By SPN Team / September 27, 2018

Spraying chemicals to control weeds and insects can be a time consuming part of agricultural work, as well as an expensive one. The Iowa City startup Rantizo, which is currently going through the Iowa Startup Accelerator, hopes to streamline the process using drones and electrostatic sprays for application of chemicals. How Rantizo works After working…

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Dustin Blythe: The importance of small cells

By SPN Newsroom / September 21, 2018

Nebraskans, like consumers across the country, are using their mobile phones and tablets to view movies, TV shows, share video clips, watch football and much more. And why not? The convenience of entertainment on the go is appealing to everyone. In fact, mobile data traffic on the AT&T network has grown more than 360,000% from…

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NewBoCo announces teams for the Iowa Startup Accelerator and Social Good Accelerator

By SPN Team / September 20, 2018

NewBoCo‘s investment in Iowa’s entrepreneurial and nonprofit community continues this fall with the acceptance of four new startups into Iowa Startup Accelerator’s 2018 Fall Batch. In addition, the Social Good Accelerator has accepted two nonprofits into its Inaugural Batch, after a successful pilot of the program earlier this year. Iowa Startup Accelerator is an intensive…

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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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Fargo, ND businesses see over $21M in investments so far in 2018

By SPN Team / August 30, 2018

Fargo, North Dakota might not be the first city that comes to mind when discussing hubs for investments and venture capital. But the modestly sized town of 120,000 has put up some impressive numbers this year with several multi-million dollar deals. Botlink On April 26, 2018, Botlink received $3.36 million in individual funding – marking…

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Top Ten Nerdiest STEM Cities on the Silicon Prairie

By SPN Team / August 10, 2018

When it comes to number-crunching, these 10 cities have got it nailed. Now, as many of you bristle and prepare to send declarations of nerdiness on behalf of your own city, keep in mind the following: all rankings presented in this list are based solely on a single dataset, i.e., the ratio of STEM graduates…

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Gross-Wen Technologies sees algae as the solution to wastewater treatment

By SPN Team / August 10, 2018

The Midwest has some major water quality issues, and it’s spreading. Nitrogen and phosphorus used to fertilize farms runs off into rivers, resulting in a record “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico resulting in massive toxic algae blooms that feed on the chemicals. Gross-Wen Technologies, an Ames, Iowa, startup, wants to use algae to…

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Upcoming events on the Silicon Prairie

By SPN Team / July 18, 2018

Check out on our SPN event list to keep you informed on everything that’s happening across the Silicon Prairie. Do you have an upcoming event that you want to share with the SPN community? Share your startup/entrepreneur/tech event in the form at the bottom and your event could be featured on SPN. May 21-22 –…

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welaunch takes Isreali companies from startup to ‘scaleup’ with the help of Silicon Prairie connections

By Christine McGuigan / June 11, 2018

Baruch HaLevi and Don Schoen are on a mission to unite the Start-up Nation and the Silicon Prairie through welaunch, a U.S.-based not-for-profit that connects Israeli companies to business and investment opportunities and resources throughout its Silicon Prairie network. CEO and cofounder HaLevi says he has deep roots to the American Midwest. He was born…

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