Innovation Index: This week in Creative Corridor startup news, July 18

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: “Economic development officials often lift up past performance of incentive packages by measuring the growth and job creation…however, if the company was promising enough to be courted for relocation, it should come as little surprise that company grew.” This article from the Washington Post outlines how a commonly used economic development strategy – recruiting a business to move from out of state – may actually hurt the economy in the long run. Or, in other words, why #wecreatehere. News and notes: Dev/Iowa Bootcamp, a program from JPEC, hosted an open house to show off projects students have built for startups and nonprofits over the past few week. Josh McNary called it ‘Just what an entrepreneur needs.’ There will be one more open house, July 30. These are our future developers, Iowa tech community: Aaron Seegmiller and Clay Hollenback built a new website for Beat Cancer Today Greg Gholson worked on Blue Cheese Gigi Wood and Linda Oyolu worked on BornReady Maximilian Franze-Soeln built the web interface for his startup, GenerationFuse Troy McCarthy built a touch-screen game for kids at the Iowa City Public Library Brant Kapple worked with NextStep.io Denisse Rauda and Matt LaMarche built a web interface for Re-App (pictured) Robb Laake worked on SPEEKO In more UI-related news, the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship brought students and teachers alike to Iowa City for summer programs. Read more in this Gazette story. Check out the…

10 health care startups selected for Wellmark Mentor+Match

Mentor+Match, a new event produced by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Elevar Labs, has selected 10 healthcare and wellness companies to participate in a day of mentoring and networking. The event will take place in Cedar Rapids this Saturday, and while most of the day is by invitation only, the final pitches will be open to the public. Pitches will take place from 3-5 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. (Read more about the origins of Mentor+Match here). In the final pitch, the startups will be vying for a first prize of $5,000, and the possibility of a long-term mentor relationship with Wellmark. Some of the selected teams are standards in the Corridor startup community, while some are new names (at least to me). Here are the 10 teams, with descriptions provided by Wellmark: eVizzit (Des Moines, IA) – eVizzit is striving for more efficient psychiatric care and lower cost telepsychiatry services. Infondrian LLC (Iowa City, IA) – Infondrian LLC is automating the detection of patient treatment errors in radiation oncology. xerionsoft (Iowa City, IA) – xerionsoft is a group of app developers, educators and therapists who want to help children learn and grow.  They are working on a reminder system for patients and doctors. BornReady (Iowa City, IA) - Born Ready is an innovative child-proofing mobile application that provides in-depth safety information to new and expecting parents. NextStep.io (Cedar Rapids, IA) - NextStep.io makes it simple for fitness professionals to connect with their clients activity by creating personalized accountability and unlocking the true potential of activity trackers. pxAlpha (Coralville, IA) - pxAlpha is working to...