Innovation Index: This week in Creative Corridor startup news

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. You can help! Email me news and notes.    Quotable: It wasn’t that long ago that the California region now referred to as Silicon Valley, was simply a bunch of cherry orchards.  And, there is no reason, in the coming years, the Midwest can’t turn its corn fields, into another burgeoning epicenter for technology innovation. — George Deeb, Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, in Forbes: “Comparing Startup Ecosystems: The Midwest vs. Silicon Valley“ Cool project alert: A group in Des Moines wants to chart the history of business, commerce and entrepreneurship in Iowa. Fill out a quick form here, see what’s already been submitted here, or read more on the Welch Avenue Blog.   News and notes: Dream of being a reality star? Representatives from Fox’s new reality show, UTOPIA, will be at the Cedar Rapids Science Center’s Mini Maker Faire April 19 looking for participants. The show is looking for “candidates who are passionate, great at what they do, and also have the ideas and problem-solving skills needed for starting up a new society,” according to its website. Ben Anderson tells me Bandwidth Pool version 2.0 has officially launched. Congrats Ben! The startup is also looking to hire account managers. Also in hiring news, the Iowa Startup Accelerator is looking for a program manager.   Several local startups were announced as Iowa Demonstration Fund winners late last week, including BioPrint ($100,000 loan, Coralville), Iowa Approach ($75,000 loan, Iowa City), MCG BioComposites ($49,000 grant,…