Middle Bit: Roboflow wins Pioneer Demo Day

Des Moines-based startup Roboflow was one of 14 companies at Pioneer’s Demo Day yesterday.

Roboflow is looking to change that by removing the pain points that developers come across when creating computer vision and AR apps. Founded by Brad Dwyer and Joseph Nelson, Roboflow offers toolsets that make developing computer vision and AR apps easier.

Pioneer, an online, remote accelerator that funds projects and startups built around the world. Roboflow has been at the top of Pioneer’s leaderboard for nearly five straight months.

Of the 14 Pioneers presenting, Roboflow earned the most audience votes. Click here to see Roboflow’s pitch.

Applications open for Iowa Innovation Challenge

Applications are now open for the second phase of the University of Iowa’s Iowa Innovation Challenge.

The second phase Iowa Innovation Challenge will award $169,000 in total funding this spring across the University of Iowa’s campus. The Challenge is a university-wide competition with the goal to identify, advance and support the most innovative and entrepreneurial projects on campus.

Pitch workshops will be held prior to both competitions to help individuals/teams prepare. The competition is open to all University of Iowa faculty, staff, students and alumni.


  • March 27: Application Deadline
  • Applications will be reviewed and finalists will be notified
  • April 13-14: Finalists will pitch to a panel of judges

Prometheus Awards postponed to June 23

The Technology Association of Iowa announced in an email Thursday morning that it is postponing the annual Prometheus Awards, to June 23.

The Prometheus Awards are now scheduled for Tuesday, June 23 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Refund requests will be accepted until May 21 and may be made at 515-280-7701.