Innovation Index: Pear Deck goes global and other Creative Corridor startup news for Sept. 12

Innovation Index: Pear Deck goes global and other Creative Corridor startup news for Sept. 12

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. You can help! Email me news and notes.  News and notes: Iowa City-based Pear Deck, an education technology startup making presentation software for Google Drive, left its limited beta release and is now available globally. Earlier this month, Pear Deck was named New Startup of the Year at the Silicon Prairie Awards and became one of three finalists in the Iowa Business Plan Competition (final placements will be announced during an Award Luncheon September 18). Congrats! Read more via ICAD Group, Silicon Prairie News. Three local companies will be featured on START UP, a public television show based out of Detroit. Keep your eyes peeled for Eco Lips (Cedar Rapids), Yotopia (Iowa City and North Liberty) and Zaza’s Pasta (Iowa City). Discount tickets to Startup Weekend Iowa City are available to those who register for a September class from Dev/Iowa. There will be five week-long classes, and five weekend workshops, all aiming to teach introductory web development skills. More via enterprise.uiowa.edu. Speaking of Startup Weekend: Fanstreamm, formerly Turnstile Cards, formerly Major Trading Cards, which won Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids, pitched to more than 350 people at NMotion Demo Day this week. Find coverage via Silicon Prairie News. Thanks to all who made BBQ and Beer a fun night with great conversation! Special thanks to the Iowa City Area Development Group and Sculpt for letting us join in on the fun. Recap the highlights here, and download the ICAD Group annual report here. The Tippie College of Business at the University…
Innovation Index: This week in Creative Corridor startup news, August 15

Innovation Index: This week in Creative Corridor startup news, August 15

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. You can help! Email me news and notes.  News and notes: Last week, Iowa City-based Telepharm announced a $2.5 million round of funding led by Iowa investors John Pappajohn and Bruce Rastetter - and the news from CEO Roby Miller didn’t slow down this week: The company has been accepted into the portfolio of Rock Health, a Silicon Valley-based seed fund for health tech companies. The complete telepharmacy solution will now also be available as stand-alone services: TeleCouncil will allow pharmacists to remotely chat with patients in more locations, such as long-term care facilities and health clinics. TeleCheck will allow pharmacists to verify prescriptions remotely - possibly even from within the same pharmacy, which could increase efficiency. Miller said the change was driven by pharmacies asking for each of the options independently. “It’s been crazy - it’s been a lot of work and a lot of reward,” Miller told us. “Building the team has been the best part - the people are what makes TelePharm work.” Read more via TelePharm.   Geonetric announced that four area nonprofits were selected for it’s third annual Operation Overnight charity hackathon: Area Substance Abuse Council, Children’s Theatre of Cedar Rapids/Playtime Poppy, Corridor Running and Feed Iowa First will receive new websites during the 24–hour event. Read more via Geonetric. Dream of starting a business in New Bohemia or the Czech Village? A new revolving loan fund, managed by ECICOG, will offer up to $25,000 for new or expanding...