Recent News

Coming in 2015: Venture School for Entrepreneurs

December 1, 2014

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce has a new program called Ignite Quad Cities. This program provides entrepreneurs with resources to work on their startup.

Venture School Participants Aim for Arts Center

November 21, 2014

A group of Arts Iowa City board members recently participated in the University of Iowa Venture School Program and are now eager to develop an arts center that is community-based. Venture School guides entrepreneurs to create startups.

Bigger, Better EntreFEST to Return to Iowa City

November 20, 2014

EntreFEST 2014 in downtown Iowa City was a huge hit, so EntreFEST 2015 is going to be even better. EntreFEST is the largest gathering of entrepreneurs in Iowa.

Schoen, Lidgett To Represent Region At SXSW Interactive Festival

November 17, 2014

Justin Schoen and Liz Lidgett won the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s DM Startups Take South By Southwest (SXSW) contest. Schoen and Lidgett get to go to Austin, Texas to attend the five-day SXSW Interactive Festival in March.

What’s Iowa’s Investment Landscape Like Right Now? We Took a Look

November 13, 2014

The Gazette Company and We Create Here, and Troy Miller, looked at the venture capital ecosystem in the Creative Corridor. 

First Iowa Startup Accelerator Class Graduates

November 8, 2014

The first group of startups recently graduated from the Iowa  Startup Accelerator in Cedar Rapids. The accelerator brought entrepreneurs together to build their companies.

Support the Iowa Startup Accelerator Teams by Using their Products

November 7, 2014

The Iowa Startup Accelerator launch day has ended, but here are some ways you can continue to help these startups.

Iowa Startup Accelerator teams ready to launch

November 7, 2014

The Iowa Startup Accelerator, a three-month intensive program, recently hosted its launch day for their participants. At this event, the resulting businesses of the accelerator pitched to a sold-out crowd.

Iowa Startup Accelerator teams vie for $100,000

November 6, 2014

Built By Iowa agreed to invest $100,000 in one or more of the 10 Iowa Startup Accelerator teams. The accelerator, based in Cedar Rapids, will host an event where the teams will pitch their businesses in hopes of gaining investments.

Student Jobs, Internships Abound

November 6, 2014

The University of Iowa Pomerantz Career Center offers a "Hire-a-Hawk" program to connect employers with University of Iowa students and alumni.

Classroom Pass Gets Motivated in Lecture on Entrepreneurship

November 3, 2014

Classroom Pass is an Iowa Now project that sent teams of writers, photographers, and videographers to 15 classes on Wednesday, Oct. 22, to showcase the breadth and strength of the University of Iowa's academic offerings for undergraduates as well as its dynamic faculty and state-of-the-art facilities.

Midwest Growth Partners Acquires Adel-based Manufacturer

October 28, 2014

Midwest Growth Partners, a private equity firm in Des Moines, acquired Inland Coatings' assets, an industrial and roof specialty coatings producer.

Best Place for an Encore Career

October 28, 2014

Iowa City was named the best city to retire in.

Is That a Really Good Business Idea

October 27, 2014

The University of Iowa Venture School program is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to test the market for their business idea and receive guidance. The program will be offered will be offered in Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport/Quad Cities, and Sioux City next year.

Q-C man heads Institute for International Business center in Iowa City

October 25, 2014

Dimy Doresca has been appointed as the director of the Institute for International Business at the University of Iowa. The goal of the institute is to help businesses in Iowa expand to global markets.