Middle Bit: Iowa State University hosting its own startup weekend event

Iowa State University (Photo courtesy of Iowa State University).

Iowa State University and its Pappajohn Center are co-hosting their version of a startup weekend.

The ISU Innovation Prize is an incentive competition at Iowa State University for anyone from a developer to problem-solver and its next weekend, March 30 and 31 at Research Park in Ames. The theme is “Innovation at Iowa State” and focuses on three areas to solve: AgTech, EdTech and Global Impact.

The ISU Innovation Prize will provide $1,500 in cash to the top team that solves each challenge. The event is free and open to the public.

To register, click here.

Iowa AgTech Accelerator hosting AgTech Day

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator is hosting an “AgTech Day” at the Science Center in downtown Des Moines today to bring together local startup companies with mentors and investors in the accelerator.

“We are trying to support more AgTech startups in the ecosystem,” said Megan Vollstedt, director of the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator. “We have great resources and in a day we can see what we can do to help to provide more mentorship and guidance.”

Vollstedt said the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator is hosting AgTech Day because it’s part of the “give first” mentality that the mentors, supporters and investors have.

“Support founders and AgTech companies and the innovation that can happen,” Vollstedt said.

Vollstedt said programming will start at 8 a.m. on Friday and mentors will arrive for meetings with the startups at 9 a.m.

The deadline to submit applications to join the second cohort of the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator closes on April 2. The 100-day program starts May 29.

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