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Finalists Announced for the 2022 Prometheus Awards
The Technology Association of Iowa has announced the finalists for the 2022 Prometheus Awards. The winner in each of the 15 award categories will be announced during the Prometheus Awards celebration on Thursday, November 3, in downtown Des Moines. Finalists in each category are:  Startup Technology Company of the Year  Distynct  Learning Couture  LSF Medical Solutions  Moov…
Technology Association of Iowa opens nominations for Prometheus Awards
The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) announced recently the opening of its annual Prometheus Awards nomination period. “Each year we are incredibly impressed by the talent and passion of the Iowa technology community,” said Brian Waller, President of the Technology Association of Iowa. “It is an honor to bring together and recognize technology professionals and companies with creative solutions and ideas. We believe every company is a technology company,…
Technology Association of Iowa announces graduation of 2022 Iowa Technology Leadership Institute cohort 
The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) announced last week the graduation of its inaugural Iowa Technology Leadership (ITLI) cohort.  “As the Technology Association of Iowa celebrates its 25th anniversary, it is incredibly fitting that we graduate this inaugural class of 25 exceptional professionals, the future leaders of the Iowa technology industry,” said Brain Waller, President…
Schedule and speaker lineup for 2022 Iowa Technology Summit
The Iowa Technology Summit will return in-person next month on April 12 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. This year’s summit will be divided into four separate tracks—cybersecurity, technology innovation, leadership and industry 4.0. Ian Khan, a future readiness pioneer, will be this year's Keynote Speaker and will lead a discussion on the…
2021 Prometheus Awards Winners
Technology and business leaders from around the state gathered at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines last night to celebrate the 2021 Prometheus Awards. Fifteen awards were given out to Iowa companies, communities, and organizations in the state that have made significant growth and achievements over the last year. Brian Waller, President…
Finalists announced for 2021 Prometheus Awards
The Technology Association of Iowa has announced the finalists for the 2021 Prometheus Awards. The winner in each of the 14 award categories will be announced during the Prometheus Awards celebration on Thursday, November 4, in downtown Des Moines. Finalists in each category are: FinTech & InsurTech Company of the Year BrokerTech Ventures Jack Henry & Associates,…
TAI announces Iowa Technology Leadership Institute, applications now open
The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) has opened applications for the first-ever class of its Iowa Technology Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute a five-month program designed to provide business and leadership education to employees intending to advance into a leadership position. The program will provide access to networking with peers and experienced executives from across…
Middle Bit: Peter Hong named new director of ISU Startup Factory program
 The Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship announced this a week that Peter Hong has been named as director of the ISU Startup Factory program, effective Feb. 1. Hong will succeed Bill Adamowski, the Startup Factory’s inaugural president who resigned his post in February 2020, and Kris Johansen, who assumed the role as interim director until…
TAI Announces 2021 Legislative Priorities, TechPAC
The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) has released its 2021 Public Policy priorities and has announced TechPAC, a new political action committee that will support candidates who advocate for the state’s technology industry. TechPAC will allow TAI members to combine their financial resources to support Iowa General Assembly candidates and candidates for statewide office…
Middle Bit: CYstarters announces 2020 cohort
CYstarters has announced the 19 student entrepreneurs that will participate in the fourth cohort of the program this summer. The 11–week program, coordinated by the Iowa State Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, gives student entrepreneurs the funding, network of mentors, and skill-set development to help them pursue their business ideas while in college. To start the program,…
Finalists announced for 2020 Prometheus Awards
The Technology Association of Iowa has announced the finalists for the 2020 Prometheus Awards. The winner in each of the 14 award categories will be announced during the Prometheus Awards celebration on Thursday, April 9 at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. Finalists in each category are: FinTech & InsurTech Company of the…
Tech leaders gather in Des Moines for TAI Legislative Launch
Nearly 200 Iowa legislators, government officials and Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) members gathered at the AC Hotel in Des Moines last night to discuss TAI's legislative priorities and initiatives for 2020. "Legislative activities, in our opinion, are a team sport. We can't be disparate in our approach to legislation. We have to be organized,"…
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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 mpatane@clayandmilk.com.
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