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Middle Bit: DeltaV Code School launches new cybersecurity training program

DeltaV Code School is launching a new cybersecurity training program called DeltaV Cybersecurity.

“Cybersecurity is one of the most in-demand fields,” said Dan Tuuri, who will be heading up the new program in a release. “We need to help organizations prevent, detect, and respond to cyber attacks and threats in a rapidly changing environment. By relying on industry expertise, industry and governmental resources, students will get real exposure to the ways that bad agents and criminals cause harm and how businesses defend and recover.”

The inaugural cohort of the 14-week program will launch on Nov. 29 and will conclude on March 18, 2022.

 Registration is open now until December 22nd. 

Iowa Innovation Challenge will award $75,000 in prizes this fall

The first phase of the Iowa Innovation Challenge is set to take place in Iowa City on Nov. 15 and 16.

The challenge is open to all University of Iowa faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate students, incubator startups, as well as UI academic alumni. $50,000 will be awarded to faculty, staff and graduate students. $25,000 will be awarded to undergraduates.

Award winners will be announced on Nov. 17 at MERGE in Iowa City. The second phase of the challenge, a Business Model Competition, will be held April 11 – 12, 2022.

Applications open for ISU Startup Factory

Applications are open for the ISU Startup Factory’s eleventh cohort. Those accepted into the program cohort will receive training, resources, guidance and access to the accelerator’s network of mentors, alumni and advisors. Applications will close on December 10 and the cohort will begin in January 2022.

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A central Iowa ag-tech accelerator has secured more backers and finally has a name. The Greater Des Moines Partnership first announced the accelerator last year, naming four initial investors. On Monday, the Partnership said the program will be called the "Iowa AgriTech Accelerator" and named three new investors. The new investors include Grinnell Mutual, Kent Corp. and Sukup Manufacturing, all Iowa companies. They join investors Deere & Co., Peoples Co., Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. and DuPont Pioneer. Each investor has agreed to put up $100,000 for the first year of the accelerator. Startups entering the program will receive $40,000 in seed funding in exchange for 6 percent equity. Tej Dhawan, an angel investor and local startup mentor, is serving as interim director until the AgriTech Accelerator names a permanent leader. Dhawan held a similar role with the GIA before Brian Hemesath was named as managing director. As interim director, Dhawan said his main job includes hiring the accelerator's executive director, establishing a business structure and initial recruiting for the first cohort. The accelerator will place few filters, such as location and product, on the applicant pool, Dhawan said. "When you’re seeking innovation, innovation can come from every corner of the world so why restrict ourselves," he said. One area the the AgriTech Accelerator won't recruit from is biotech. For its first cohort, the AgriTech Accelerator will work out of the GIA's space in Des Moines' East Village, Dhawan said. A future, permanent home is still to be decided. The accelerator's program will host startups from mid-July through mid-October, ending with an event connected to the annual World Food Prize. The GIA, which the AgriTech Accelerator is based on, also ends with presentations at an industry event. The accelerator has also started lining up a mentor pool. The Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Pork Producers Association have agreed to provide mentors, as has Iowa State University. While the AgriTech Accelerator is loosely based off of the GIA, it will differ in its business structure, Dhawan said. The GIA runs through a for-profit model for both operations and its investment fund. The AgriTech Accelerator will have a nonprofit model for its operations and a for-profit setup for its fund. Dhawan said the nonprofit model is being used so the accelerator can better work with other nonprofit partners, such as trade associations. "These are all organizations that are nonprofits and can be amazing stakeholders without ever having to be investors in the accelerator," he said. "It becomes easier to work with trade associations in their nonprofit role when we are also a nonprofit." When it's up and running, the AgriTech Accelerator would be one of a handful of ag-focused startup development programs in Iowa. Others include the Ag Startup Engine out of Iowa State University and the Rural Ventures Alliance from Iowa MicroLoan. Matthew Patane is the managing editor and co-founder of Clay & Milk. Send him an email at
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