With new funding, tech team, Higher Learning Technologies plans to release more apps

“Entrepreneurship is a community sport,” founders say There are tons of good ideas out there. There aren’t as many truly great ideas. That’s true in all business, but it especially rings true for the founders of Higher Learning Technologies, Coralville-based maker of education apps. The company’s first four apps, which focus on test preparation for dental and nursing exams, all reached top 100 grossing lists for education apps. The first nursing app, NCLEX RN, quickly broke into top 10 lists, and the study tools are used in more than 150 countries worldwide. The company has received funding from the state of Iowa’s Demonstration Fund, and garnered awards and media attention at both the local and national level. The company recently completed another round of funding, but details were not disclosed. Now that they have created the software, which puts bulky test prep books and hundreds of flash cards into the user’s pocket, it would be easy to rapidly release hundreds more apps, for practically any field that has rigorous exams. But that’s not what the three co-founders have in mind. “The challenge is identifying the great opportunities, instead of the good opportunities. There’s a whole lot of things we could do, and the real challenge is identifying the great things,” said Alec Whitters, co-founder and CEO. By the end of the spring, the team plans to release about 10 to 15 more apps – mostly in the health sciences, but a few in other fields to test the waters. Their goal is to change education forever, offering elite apps and customer service, to make it more accessible to anyone with…