Venture competition offers $50,000 in cash

The Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is an opportunity for young businesses to win funds for their company. APPLICATION DEADLINE is midnight MAY 17.

Eligibility requirements:

  • The plan must relate to an original idea for a business in operation for four years or less or a business that is not yet cash flow positive
  • The principal business operations must be located in Iowa
  • Businesses can include, but are not limited to: technology, biotechnology, green technologies, medical, advanced manufacturing, agriculture and agri products, engineering or education. Eligible businesses must not be engaged primarily in retail sales, real estate or the provision of health care or other professional services. 

For additional information, visit:, or contact Anna Hobart, 319-384-3262. 


Meet with federal funding agencies

Get On the Bus!

From the Iowa Innovation Corporation: Details are coming together for the SBIR/STTR National Road Tour in August. This conference gives Iowans the opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives from federal funding agencies including NASA, National Institutes of Health, USDA and National Science Foundation. The national bus tour event will be Wednesday, August 17 in Ames. To prepare participants, we are again sponsoring two pre-conferences:

Monday, August 15 in Iowa City
Tuesday, August 16 in Ames

The pre-conferences are highly recommended for those who want to get the most of the 1:1 sessions with federal funders. Pre-conference speakers will be Mark and Catherine Henry, Jim Greenwood and Jordan Hobfoll. Each will provide information about SBIR/STTR programming, and will set up appointments with participants for a 10-minute prep session for Wednesday’s federal 1:1 sessions.

Register here


Outstanding STEM teachers honored at Terrace Hill


The six 2016 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award recipients were recognized by Governor Branstad and STEM Council Co-Chairs Lt. Governor Reynolds and Kemin Industries President and CEO Dr. Nelson at the STEM Council’s reception of the Future Ready Iowa Summit at Terrace Hill on April 18.

Iowa has been known as “a place to grow” and “life-changing,” yet to the STEM Council — thanks to the vision and investment of Kemin Industries — I.O.W.A. represents our state’s excellent STEM educators who are Innovative in their methods, Outstanding in their passion for education, Worldly in how they help their students see STEM all around them and Academic in engaging students both in and out of the classroom.

“We are extremely appreciative of STEM teachers in Iowa. This award is just one of the ways we enjoy honoring the hard work and dedication of exceptional teachers in our state,” said Kemin Industries President and CEO Dr. Chris Nelson, STEM Council co-chair. “These teachers deserve recognition for preparing today’s students to become tomorrow’s workforce, which includes an abundance of STEM opportunities.”

In the second year of the I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award, six of Iowa’s most inspiring teachers of STEM subjects received award presentations in March at their schools and then formal recognition earlier this month at Terrace Hill. Each teacher received $1,500 and an additional $1,500 for their classrooms.

The 2016 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award recipients are:

North Central STEM Region

Ed Birkey, Technology and Engineering Teacher

Fort Dodge High School

Northeast STEM Region

Dirk Homewood, Project Lead The Way and Mathematics Teacher

Cedar Falls High School

Northwest STEM Region

Kent Muyskens, Science Teacher

Carroll High School

South Central STEM Region

Ryan Lensing, Science Teacher

Dowling Catholic High School

Southeast STEM Region

Reagan Boeset, 6-8th Grade STEM Teacher

Clear Creek Amana Middle School

Southwest STEM Region

Erin Wetzel, Project Lead The Way and Computers Teacher

Southwest Valley Middle School


To read more about each recipient or to watch videos from the 2015 awardees, head to

Hargens, Spiegel receive advanced manufacturing leadership awards

Roger Hargens, president and CEO of Ankeny-based AccuMold, received NACFAM’s Advanced Manufacturing Leadership Award at its Annual Conference dinner on April 28. Hargens was selected to receive the Advanced Manufacturing Leadership Award for a mid-size company CEO. In his letter supporting Hargens’ nomination, Gov. Terry Branstad called Accumold “a home-grown Iowa success story” and Hargens “a guy who makes things happen.” Accumold produces super-micro, ultra-precision, plastic injection-molded parts that are critical components of the medical, micro-electronics and micro-optics industries. Also at the conference, Eric Spiegel, president and CEO of Siemens USA, was chosen as the recipient of the Advanced Manufacturing Leadership Award for a major company CEO. Spiegel is a national leader in the effort to address the skills gap that confronts America’s advanced manufacturers. Siemens operates six locations in Iowa.

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2016 Taking Care of Business Conference

June 14 – 16 | Sioux City

The 2016 Taking Care of Business Conference promises to be unlike any other business program you’ve ever attended. This is Iowa’s premier business conference, bringing together industry leaders to learn, network and share ideas on how to grow and strengthen Iowa’s business climate. If you are passionate about business in Iowa, you need to attend this conference.Register today to join us in Sioux City on June 14–16, reserve your hotel room and watch for more details on how to get involved!

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You are invited: innovationIOWA Magazine Launch Party April 5th

Join the Business Record at the innovationIOWA MAGAZINE LAUNCH PARTY 2016: The Ultimate Gathering of Iowa Visionaires & Leaders of the New Economy

*Presented by: Iowa State University Economic Development and Industry Relations

*Learn who the DuPont Pioneer innovationLEADER of the Year Award Winner is!

When: April 5th, 2016
Where: Workiva 2900 University Blvd, Ames IA / Iowa State University Research Park
Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm / Comments at 6:00pm
Details: Enjoy light food and beverages
RSVP: Is not required

Join Local Leaders:
Kirk Bjorland – Iowa Innovation Corporation
Matt Busick – River Glen Private Capital
Jay Byers – Greater Des Moines Partnership
Michael Crum – Iowa State University
Dan Culhane – Ames Chamber of Commerce
Debi Durham – Iowa Economic Development Authority
Katherine Harrington – Business Record
Joe Hrdlicka – Iowa Biotechnology Association
Doug Hundt – Vermeer
Craig Ibsen – NextLevel Ventures
Kathryn Kunert – MidAmerican Energy
Steven Leath – Iowa State University
Anthony Paustian – DMACC
Mark Petri – Iowa Energy Center
Bob Riley – Feed Energy
Matt Rizai – Workiva
Paul Schickler – DuPont Pioneer
David Spalding – Iowa State University
Steve Sukup – Sukup Manufacturing
Brian Waller – Technology Association of Iowa
Jeff Weld – Governor’s STEM Advisory Council
Brent Willett – Cultivation Corridor
Tim Zarley – Zarley Law…and more!

“We are proud to be the presenter of the innovationLEADER of the Year Award. DuPont Pioneer has a stake in helping to solve some of our most important challenges, such as ensuring food and energy security in an environment of resource scarcity. We are using our global science and worldwide network to develop innovative local solutions for the world’s farmers.” Paul Schickler –President DuPont Pioneer

“Innovation begins at Iowa State University. Please join us at the launch party!” David Spalding – Raisbeck Endowed Dean Iowa State University College of Business

“I’m so looking forward to this event and connecting with Iowa’s innovation leaders.” Dr. Anthony Paustian – Provost West Des Moines Campus DMACC

“This will be one of the best networking events focused on Innovation this year. I would not miss it!” Craig Ibsen – Managing Principal NextLevel Ventures

“As a global hub for cutting-edge technology, STEM research and agbioscience, Greater Des Moines and the Cultivation Corridor have much innovation to celebrate. Join us April 5th! Jay Byers – CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership

“I really appreciate this being high-profile event where we celebrate Iowa innovation – and we don’t do enough of that. Thank you to the Business Record!” Joe Hrdlicka – Executive Director, Iowa Biotechnology Association

“We are proud to be part of this key event bringing regional leaders together in Ames, the northern anchor of Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor.” Dan Culhane – President & CEO Ames Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development

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