Middle Bit: Google to give away $1 Million to Iowa nonprofits

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Google announced Monday plans to give out $1 million to Iowa nonprofits through a competitive grant process.

Through the newly announced program, Impact Challenge Iowa, nonprofits based in Iowa can submit proposals for “bold ideas to grow economic opportunity in their local communities.”

Five nonprofit applicants will be selected by local judges to receive $175,000 in grant funding along with access to Google’s training and tools. The public will then have a chance to vote for their favorite idea. The winner with the most public votes will receive an additional $125,000.

Nonprofits can apply online now. The deadline for applications is May 17.

What else is happening?

New coworking space in Coralville

A new coworking space, CoWork @ 808, opened earlier this month in Coralville.

The new space, located at 808 Fifth St., is the group’s third coworking space to open in Johnson County, with two other locations in Iowa City and North Liberty.

Last October, the project received $40,000 in funding from the city of Coralville to help get the space up and running.

Andrew Yang to speak at Monetery

Entrepreneur, philanthropist and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang will be speaking at Monetery on May 21.

In Nov. 2017, Yang officially launched his campaign for the presidency and has become best known for his proposal for Universal Basic Income, known as the Freedom Dividend.

In 2011, he founded Venture for America, a national entrepreneurship fellowship, and helped create more than 2,500 jobs in cities across the country.

Yang will speak about how policy can impact tech companies and the role that companies can play in affecting policy. He joins seven other announced speakers set to speak at Monetery.