Innovation Index: Obama talks Internet in Iowa, lots of education for entrepreneurs coming up

Welcome to the Innovation Index: Each week, we’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. You can help! Email me news and notes.  News and Notes: Several new and returning events have been announced in the past few days – great opportunities to get motivated, brush up your skills or grow your network. (And, as always, find a full events list at the end of this post.) ICAD Group and VentureNet Iowa are teaming up to put on ‘Navigating State Entrepreneurial Funding,’ Jan. 22 in Iowa City. Learn about the Iowa Demonstration Fund, Iowa Acceleration Fund and how to work with VentureNet Iowa, which helps vet companies applying for state funds. Free, RSVP required – information on iccolab.com. Sarah Young of Zing Coaching will host a workshop titled ‘Beyond Resolutions: A powerful approach to a new level of success in 2015’ on Jan. 26 in Cedar Rapids. The event marks the return of Vault Startup School, which aims to put on several workshops this year. Register on Eventbrite (discounts available for Vault members). Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids will return for its second year March 6-8 in the Geonetric/Iowa Startup Accelerator/Vault Coworking building. An early-bird rate is available until Feb. 1. Visit the site for more details. (Disclosure: yours truly is a member of the planning team for 2015.) Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo, Cedar Falls – President Barack Obama visited Cedar Falls Utilities this week to advocate for increased Internet access and net neutrality. Find the full text of his speech here, coverage via the Gazette and the Des Moines…