Middle Bit: Applications open for Iowa Innovation Challenge

The second phase of the Iowa Innovation Challenge is now accepting applications. The university-wide competition will be awarding $169,000 in prizes to the most innovative projects on campus.

The challenge is open to all University of Iowa faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate students, incubator startups, as well as UI academic alumni.

There will be a pitch workshop held on Feb. 28 from 11:30 am-12:20 am in W107 PBB to help those interested prepare for the competition.

Applications are due March 27. After applications are submitted, a limited number of finalists in each category will advance and pitch to a panel of judges. Click here to learn more about the competition and to apply.

Bill Adamowski resigns from ISU Startup Factory, will lead entrepreneurship center at Drake

After nearly five years at Iowa State University, Bill Adamowsi is resigning from his post as ISU Startup Factory president to lead Drake University’s entrepreneurship center.

Adamowski joined ISU’s Economic Development and Industry Research team in March 2015 to focus on growing the network of innovation throughout campus. He crafted the framework for the Startup Factory using best practices from the likes of MIT, Stanford and other successful accelerators.

“We thank Bill for leading efforts to establish the new program, and for the work he has done on behalf of our students, faculty, and staff to help them create successful businesses,” Interim Vice President for Economic Development David Spalding said in an announcement. “To-date, 114 startups entered the program, and our companies have attracted more than $28.7 million in state and federal funding and private investment.”

Spalding said the work of the Startup Factory will proceed without interruption. 

Kris Johansen will lead the program on an interim basis, with a search to be held for a permanent replacement to be announced in the coming months.

“The center will focus on creating more connections between the university and Central Iowa companies that are looking to innovate,” Adamowski said. “I would like Drake to be the university of choice for them to work with,” he said. “I would like to create some more programming for entrepreneurs in general.”

Adamowski said he would like to see the center grow to eventually offer some degree programs.

DSM Web Geeks hosting ‘Becoming a Developer’ panel

DSM Web Geeks, on February 19th at 12pm, will host a panel on becoming a developer at We Write Code.

Learn where these developers came from, how they got where they are today, and what they’d recommend to someone looking to get into development.

The panelists for the event are:

  • Mike Clancy
  • Christa Dickinson
  • Uri Frazier
  • Elyse Segebart
  • Levi Rosol (Moderator)

Click here to RSVP to the event.