Innovation Index: Recapping EntreFEST, the latest numbers on Iowa women in business, and more community news for May 29

Innovation Index: Recapping EntreFEST, the latest numbers on Iowa women in business, and more community news for May 29

Welcome to the Innovation Index. This is our spot to round up links and news items from around the web relating to startups, innovation and entrepreneurship in Iowa’s Creative Corridor and beyond, so you never miss a thing. You can help! Email me news and notes.  News and notes: Who’s still enjoying a post-EntreFEST buzz? Recaps keep flowing in – see ours, with links to all the immediate coverage, Welch Avenue’s five thoughts plus ‘why the brain drain is awesome for Iowa, Zing Coaching’s leadership lessons learned, and Little Village’s interview with FINNEGAN’s CEO Jacquie Berglund (“I totally believe that we can make profit and do good.”) There’s more coverage of HowFactory’s $16,000 Dream Big, Grow Here win too, via the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. Plus, hundreds of photos on Facebook! Three Iowa companies are repeat awardees on this year’s list of WorldBlu most democratic companies – congrats to ICAD Group, Geonetric and Hagie Manufacturing! (ICAD, WorldBlu) Curb your stereotypes of engineers – the University of Iowa is guiding them toward more creative classes, too. (The Gazette) Speaking of creative, The Artisan’s Sanctuary, a sort of coworking for artists type of space, is running a crowdfunding campaign to fund a few upgrades. (GoFundMe) Direct flights from Des Moines to the Valley? There’s a survey to gauge interest. (Des Moines Register) Some less bright news: Iowa continues to lag in the rates of women’s business ownership. Although, we have seen 276 percent growth since 2007. (The Gazette) Maybe the worst fear of an economic developer: ‘Iowa spent $50 million to lure IBM, then the firings started.’ Worth a read. (Bloomberg) Employers: If you want a direct connection to Iowa college students who are…