Recent News

EntreFest Announces High-Growth Startup Track

April 25, 2014

EntreFest, the largest conference in Iowa for entrepreneurs and innovators, has created different tracks this year for different groups. The conference is bringing  in many renown speakers and will take over the downtown area in Iowa City.

High Five: Nico Aguilar, Aspiring Health Hacker

April 20, 2014

Nico Aguilar is bringing an entrepreneurial mindset to health care. He has already founded two startups and shares some of his experiences with us.

3 Day Startup Comes to Hawkeye State May 2-4 at University of Iowa

April 15, 2014

3 Day Startup (3DS), an international organization that works to build entrepreneurial communities on college campuses, is coming to the University of Iowa. 3DS selected a group of students to participate in their program.

High Five: Thomas Hansen of FreskLabs and Dev/Iowa

April 5, 2014

Thomas Hansen, founder of FreskLabs, devotes lots of his time to teaching others the skills necessary to become a developer. He recently taught at Dev/Iowa.

The New Iowa: Where Startups Are Growing Like Weeds

April 1, 2014

Bob Dorf talks about his most recent visit to Iowa and refers to the huge emergence of startups as the "new" Iowa. Dorf mentions the University of Iowa as the "hub" of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Do our startups need more tough love?

March 31, 2014

Bob Dorf led Business Model Canvas workshops in Iowa City last week. He was incredibly direct in his feedback for the startups and stressed the importance of customer discovery.

Lessons in the Business Model Canvas from Bob Dorf of ‘The Startup Owner’s Manual

March 27, 2014

Bob Dorf, co-author of "The Startup Owner's Manual," discusses the benefits of the Business Model Canvas to entrepreneurs in Iowa City.

Young entrepreneurs get a shot at new program

March 10, 2014

The University of Iowa is offering a new summer accelerator program with financial incentives for student entrepreneurs.

Why Recent Grads Should Consider Joining the Startup World

March 7, 2014

Roby Miller, founder of Telepharm, shares the main reasons why he thinks people should consider joining the startup world.

Introducing: Midwest Growth Partners

February 28, 2014

Midwest Growth Partners formed by a joining of forces of venture firms over a year ago.The company provides private equity investments.

TAI Announces Finalists for Ninth-Annual Prometheus Awards

February 27, 2014

The finalists have been announced for the Technology Association of Iowa's 2014 Prometheus Awards. There were 93 nominations for 13 categories.

Olympian’s startup aims to correct ‘mommy hips’

February 19, 2014

Two-time Olympic bobsledder and University of Iowa alumni, Jean Prahm, launched a business called Mommy Hips. Prahm developed, and will now sell, a compression garment for women to restore their hips back to their original shape after childbearing.

Young Entrepreneur

February 12, 2014

Kayla Kearns, a high school senior, says that NIACC's Youth Entrepreneurial Academy helped her figure out what she wants to do after high school.

HLT Closes $1M Seed Round, Strives to Release 24 New Apps This Year

February 11, 2014

Higher Learning Technologies (HLT), a startup in Corvalville, Iowa, creates mobile study apps for high-level exams. They have recently won several big awards and they have plans to continue to expand.

Can Entrepreneurialism Be Taught?

February 2, 2014

With the acquisition of the proper skills and enough practice, entrepreneurship can be for anyone. In fact, there are several local resources for aspiring entrepreneurs in the area.