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7034_af297629bc_small July 8, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City Earlier this year, ClusterFlunk expanded its platform to more than 50 universities across the country. Now the company is growing its investor connections across state lines to the Windy City. The Iowa City-based startup announced Tuesday it closed a $1 million round of funding led by Chicago-based venture capital firm Lightbank. Local early-stage fund, Built by Iowa, also contributed to the round.  read more

6978_0bfa84434e_small June 21, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City One thing Iowa City has that other Silicon Prairie cities don’t: World class literature, progressive thinking about ecology, an enclave of highly educated artists of all kinds, great bike trails and the Hawkeyes. Oh, plus great events like the Iowa Soul Festival and Creative Week. Other than all of that, nothing. We’re just another tasty slice of the Heartland.  read more

6971_70677c1e49_small June 19, 2014 by Julia Hogren

Iowa City Ten years ago, Steven Mitchell felt continually frustrated with the lack of real-world applications for machine learning and computer vision technology. So with his Ph.D in electrical engineering and a background in image processing, he founded Componica, a company to implement all the ideas he wanted to see come to life. Self-funded for over a decade, Componica is now setting its sights on the future with emotion-reading education software for mobile devices. read more

6871_7bf4db9df6_small May 19, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City Last week EntreFEST invaded downtown Iowa City with entrepreneurs, community and small business owners for almost three full days of programming and events. Our Iowa editor Megan Bannister was in town for the event, but in case you couldn't make it, check out some of the social media highlights of EntreFEST 2014… read more

6845_a1f1d66371_small May 13, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City Steve Baker has been an MRI technologist for more than 20 years. He's acutely familiar with the industry and realized he and other professionals in the field could do better. read more

6842_9a84223a79_small May 13, 2014 by Guest Contributor

Iowa City (Guest post by Amanda Styron, co-founder and CEO of Seed Here Studio and one of the organizers behind EntreFEST.) EntreFEST is a celebration of those who make Iowa awesome: the entrepreneurs creating the future prosperity, vibrancy, companies and communities of our state. Part summit, part festival and part resource hub, there’s a lot happening at EntreFEST 2014 in three short days. If you haven’t yet, register online. read more

6808_3dcc05241c_small May 7, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City Iowa City startup Higher Learning Technologies has been attracting large numbers of students since launching last summer. And now, one of its first apps, NCLEX RN Mastery, has reached the No. 1 grossing educational app in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. HLT's NCLEX RN Mastery also is in the Apple App Store's top 150 grossing apps overall. read more

6770_eaaa9e5bfd_small April 29, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City Anyone interested in brushing up on their programming skills through the University of Iowa JPEC's Dev/Iowa Bootcamp should act fast—applications close May 2. Following a successful first session this spring, the University decided to continue the immersive learning ... read more

6746_94577cc622_small April 28, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City EntreFEST, Iowa's entrepreneur conference, is an annual summit, celebration and resource hub for startup founders, business owners, corporate innovators and startup community builders. Register at with the code SPNSENTME ... read more

6701_d037529d6f_small April 15, 2014 by Megan Bannister

Iowa City Next month, 3 Day Startup will bring its weekend-long event to Iowa. The international organization, focused on building entrepreneurial communities on college campuses, will select 40 students from around the region to participate in the first Iowa-based 3 Day Startup event. The event is 4 p.m. on Friday, May 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the University of Iowa's Pappajohn Business Building. While 3 Day Startup is only open to accepted participants ... read more

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