Middle Bit: ‘Des Moines Emerge Stronger Virtual Fair’ set for May 14-15

Next Thursday and Friday Curated Growth will be hosting a virtual fair for business to share stories about how their businesses have pivoted and share insight about how they plan to emerge stronger.

Throughout the event will be several live sessions including yoga, laugh therapy, business pivot inspiration, in-home fitness training, cooking at home classes, happy hour music and more.

Registration for the event is free. Those interested in present a session can email Laura Kinnard at laura.kinnard@drake.edu for details.

Startup Weekend Iowa City goes virtual

In response to COVID-19, this year’s Startup Weekend Iowa City has shifted to a virtual event.

Set to take place July 17-19, Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which entrepreneurs, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and then deliver final presentations at the end of the weekend.

Over the course of the weekend, teams will be challenged to create a prototype of their minimum viable product, that fits the needs of their target customer.

Tickets are available now at http://swic.rocks.

UI part of $3.7 million grant to study ways to reduce risk of infection for ER staff

The University of Iowa is part of a nearly $4 million dollar grant to look into ways to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection for emergency room staff.

The $3.7 million Centers for Disease Control & Prevention grant is for a 12-week study involving 1,600 emergency department personnel from 20 academic health care institutions across the country.

The goal of the study is to find out what practices and what personal protective equipment (PPE) are the most effective at preventing COVID-19 infections in an emergency situation.

The study will be called COVID-19 Evaluation of Risk for Emergency Departments (COVERED) Project and will include physicians, nurses, and other staff like clerks, social workers, or case managers.