Innovation Index: This week in Creative Corridor startup news

Welcome to the Innovation Index*! Each week, I’ll round up** links and stories from around the web relating to startups, innovation and entrepreneurship in Iowa’s Creative Corridor and around the state. This is a content experiment (although it is inspired by Silicon Prairie News***‘ former feature, Prairie Moves), and I’d love to hear feedback on whether this is useful. -Sarah Quotable “Iowa is, in a word, so hot right now.” In case you missed it: this Washington Post list of “Why Iowa rules – in 12 steps” has been traveling around social circles like mad the past few days. Shout outs Higher Learning Technologies (pictured, right) confirmed a round of funding, for an undisclosed amount. (Via Des Moines Register, We Create Here.) Josh Cramer, of Cramer Dev, announced a new contract and expansion. BlendCard announced a partnership with Diversity Focus. (Via PRWeb) Anthony Marlowe, founder of TMone, was featured in an extensive interview with Silicon Prairie News about his new fund, Iowa City Capital Partners. The Iowa City Chamber of Commerce hosted it’s annual meeting, with keynote speaker Dan Reed, the UI’s vice president for research and economic development. (on We Create Here) ClusterFlunk was featured on Scott Sanborn’s “Created in the Corridor” and hosted their traditional beginning of the semester bash. Midwest Growth Partners, a new fund focusing on rural markets, was featured in the Des Moines Register. Mark your calendar Jan. 29: Lunch & Learn: Business Startup with Scott Swenson. Information on Meetup. Jan. 30, Feb. 20: Agile Fundamentals workshop. Information on iowajpec.org. Feb. 2: WordPress for beginners workshop, by Iowa Tech Chicks. Information on Meetup. Feb. 6: Technology…