On the 21st of August, Accelerated Ag Technologies, the parent to PowerPollen, filed paperwork with the SEC that it had received debt financing of more than $600k.  As you may recall, SPN profiled PowerPollen in early 2018, (http://siliconprairienews.com/2018/01/powerpollen-boosts-yields-cuts-costs-growers/). The company has created a new mechanism to harvest pollen and improve the creation of new seed. …

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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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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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Tractor Zoom is the creator of a platform designed to digitally connect farmers with equipment auctioneers across North America. Founder Kyle McMahon grew up in Fairfield, a small ag community in southeast Iowa. His work ethic and love for equipment led him to start a lawn and landscaping business. He sold the business to fund…

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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 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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VetMeasure raised $1.36 million in angel funding from undisclosed investors on October 26. The Ames, Iowa-based company was founded in 2015 by Kevin Maher, and uses Bluetooth technology and a web application to track health and physiological conditions of dogs in real time. The company has developed a dog harness it calls MeasureON! that detects…

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In a recent SEC filing, SwineTech disclosed the raising of a $1.5 million debt round to begin its expansion into other states and countries. The company, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the provider of unique technologies that facilitate piglet safety during pork production. Using multiple proprietary technologies including acoustics and artificial intelligence algorithms, the…

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Iowa City, Iowa based medical device company, iotaMotion, filed paperwork with the SEC regarding their October 9, 2018 $2.1 million raise. The company provides cochlear implants (“CI”) to moderate hearing loss sufferers. The device dramatically expands the CI market by moving the bar for access to the devices down to moderate impairments by lowering the…

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