Middle Bit: Continuum Ag wins Cisco Global Challenge Award

Continuum Ag has been announced as one of the winners of the fifth annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge. The Challenge is an online competition that awards cash prizes to early-stage tech entrepreneurs solving the world’s most challenging problems.

This year Cisco awarded $1 million to social entrepreneurs around the world who have technology innovations that are solving the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems.

Continuum Ag works with farmers and recommends new practices to sequester carbon in agricultural soil, helping farmers modify the way they tend the land to increase overall soil health and facilitating a profitable transition to regenerative agriculture. The company was one of the fourth place winners and was awarded $10,000.

The competition received more than 1,700 team submissions from 126 countries this year, and narrowed them down to just 20 winning teams.

APPLICATIONS OPEN for Iowa Startup Accelerator

Applications are now open for the Fall 2021 cohort of the Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA).

The Iowa Startup Accelerator is an intensive 14-week program that matches Iowa-based startups with seed funding, mentors, and product development expertise to accelerate their businesses. Startups must be located in Iowa, and founders are expected to work on the business full-time.

The fall cohort will begin September 13.

Submit A Nomination for the Prometheus Awards

The nomination period is now open for the 2021 Prometheus Awards through Friday, August 13.

The Prometheus Awards acknowledge individuals and companies impacting Iowa’s technology industry. Finalists and award winners epitomize great talent, solidifying Iowa’s reputation as a technology state.

“We are beyond thrilled to celebrate the Prometheus Awards in person this year. The Iowa technology industry and information technology professionals have propelled Iowa companies with technology solutions during the pandemic. It’s time to honor that work and those individuals and I encourage you to submit a nomination to recognize the strides we’ve made in the Iowa tech industry,” said Brian Waller, President of TAI.

The nomination period is now open through Friday, August 13. To submit a nomination, or buy tickets, visit the Prometheus Awards event page. Finalists will be announced in early September, and winners will be recognized at the Prometheus Awards Presented by LWBJ on Thursday, November 4, 2021.