Kyle McMahon

Tractor Zoom Awarded $100,000 in Demonstration Funds

The following article was previously posted May 22, 2018 via  ISU Startup Factory, written by Julie Lelonek.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AMES, Iowa (May 22, 2018) – The Iowa State University Startup Factory (SUF) today announced the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board has awarded Tractor Zoom $100,000 in innovation funds as recommended by the Technology Commercialization Committee. Tractor […]

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Claire Widman

The Best Affordable College Towns for Recent Grads—and Everyone Else

The following is an excerpt from an article previously posted May 14, 2018 via Realtor. By Lance Lambert iStock; It’s the classic collegiate circle of life. You prep, you study, and then you just flat-out pray you’ll get into the school of your choice. Then once you’re there, you reach an inflection point, somewhere between […]


Iowa’s Quality, Cost Of Life Draws Millennial Tech Workers

The following article was initially posted on May 2, 2018 via Chief Executive.  By Dale Buss Thomas Mahoney and Matt Rizai are CEOs who are leaders in the “new” Iowa – the state that has been moving past traditional perceptions of a sleepy, agrarian hinterland and building a reputation as an untrammeled hamlet where code […]

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The 2018 Young Entrepreneur Convention Elevator Pitch Competition winners, L-R: Nebullam's Danen Pool (3rd), Hurd Health Group's Dillon Hurd (2nd), Speeko's Nico Aguilar (1st).

Good Showing For Iowa State-Based Entrepreneurs in Statewide Pitch Events

Hurd Health Group, Swoon Event Studio, Woof Rider and Nebullam earn prizes AMES/DES MOINES, Iowa — A number of Iowa State University student entrepreneurs from Iowa State University Startup Factory (SUF) and Iowa State Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship’s CYstarters programs took advantage of opportunities to pitch their startup businesses at events held in Ames and […]



Iowa-based agriculture companies are shaping the technology scene by redefining the industry itself. The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) is an influential voice for the state, connecting Iowa’s up-and-coming tech leaders to one another to drive innovation and statewide impact. Each year, companies and individuals sparking change across the $11 billion tech landscape are nominated […]


PowerPollen Named Agricultural Technology Company of the Year

Chairman Gage Kent presents the Cultivation Corridor-sponsored award DES MOINES, Iowa — Ankeny-based agtech company PowerPollen℠ was named the Iowa Agricultural Technology Company of the Year during the Technology Association of Iowa’s (TAI) 2018 Prometheus Awards Thursday night. Sponsored by Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor®, the AgTech Company award recognizes an agtech company that demonstrates industry leadership […]

Alex Litvin

Student works on growing food in space for NASA

The following article was originally posted on April 12, 2018 via Inside Iowa State, written by Iowa State student, Jessie Darland. By Jessie Darland Using his background in technology and horticulture, doctoral student Alex Litvin interned with NASA last summer to study how to grow plants in space. Litvin worked for 10 weeks in NASA’s […]