30 Coolest Startups in Iowa You Should Keep An Eye!

: June 21, 2019

These Are The 30 Startups in Iowa That You Should Keep An Eye!



Iowa the #1 state in America to live and a home to Top 5 Aerospace Company. It's at the center of a growing startup scene that's distinct from Silicon Valley's. Iowa's tech startup scene is pretty substantial, and growing fast, along with that of the entire region.


Eventhough Iowa is known for it's agritculatural products, they have incubated some great companies in technology, software and insurance industries, that are globally well familiar and rulling the space. Most notably Iowa has introduced some exiciting startups in Health Tech and MedTech space.


Workiva, a leading cloud provider of connected data, reporting, and compliance solutions based in Ames, Iowa. The company was Named a Leader in Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Close Solutions for years in a row. Named One of the Best Places to Work in IT in 2019 by Computerworld Magazine. Won Technical Innovation of the Year Award for Wdata. In Deloitte's 2015 Technology Fast 500 survey of fastest growing technology companies in America, Workiva ranked fiftieth among all software companies and many more. Workiva went public on Dec 12, 2014. Appcore is another Ames, Iowa based company, leading the software and cloud computing revolution, they were being acquired by IBM On August 17.



Here Is A List Of The 30 Startups Based In Iowa: 


1. IDx:

A leading AI diagnostics company that develops clinically-aligned autonomous algorithms that detect disease in medical images. iDx is focused on developing clinically-aligned autonomous algorithms that detect disease in medical images. By enabling diagnostic assessment in primary care settings, it aims to increase patient access to high-quality, affordable disease detection.

Year Founded: 2010

Specialities: AI, Algorithms, Health Care, Health Diagnostics, Medical Device, Health Tech, Medical Imaging


Total Funding: $52.1M in 5 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Series A)

Investors: 8VC, Optum Ventures, Alpha Edison & Heritage Provider Network


2. Dwolla:

An enterprise payments solution that provides an online payment system and mobile payments network. It connects businesses to the United States banking system. Dwolla offers a seamless, white label API platform to connect to the ACH Network to initiate payments. It also provides Dwolla Dashboard and Admin, an intuitive interface for managing customers, viewing transactions, and finding business trends.

Year Founded: 2008

Specialities: FinTech, Financial Services, Payments, Accounting, Banking, Developer APIs


Total Funding: $51.4M in 8 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Venture- Series Unknown)

Investors: Union Square Ventures, Foundry Group, High Alpha, Detroit Venture Partners and others.


3. Involta:

An award-winning national provider of IT intelligence and end-to-end infrastructure, including fiber connectivity, managed services and colocation in our enterprise-class, multi-tenant data centers. Involta offers network services, fiber construction services, critical infrastructure consulting services, costs and capabilities optimization services, and managed IT services, including network security, managed SAN, IT monitoring, and support desk services. The company serves clients in healthcare, manufacturing, financial, technology, and other industries.

Year Founded: 2006

Specialities: IT Services, Cloud Computing, Hybrid Cloud Services, Managed Security, SaaS, Data Centers, Storage as a Service (STaaS)


Total Funding: $75.7M in 6 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Venture- Series Unknown)

Investors: Morgan Stanley & M/C Partners


4. MākuSafe:

An Insurtech SaaS/Data company focused on improving workplace safety and reducing worker compensation claims. MākuSafe provides a cloud platform called MākuSafe that is designed to improve workplace safety by providing operations personnel with data insights as well as it uses machine learning to identify high-risk trends in the facility.

Year Founded: 2016

Specialities: InsurTech, Wearable Technology, SaaS, IoT, ML, Data, Analytics, Risk Assessment


Total Funding: $4.3M in 3 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Seed- Series Unknown)

Investors: EMC Insurance Companies, Next Level Ventures, and The Best of the Midwest


5. FunnelWise:

A provider of revenue predictability software that offers marketing and sales teams the analytics to make smarter decisions, faster by integrating with CRM and marketing automation platforms. FunnelWise's product SalesEdge pulls data from your email, bypassing your dirty CRM data, to build intelligent, custom recommendations that close more deals. 

Year Founded: 2014

Specialities: SaaS, CRM, Analytics, Marketing Automation, Data Insights, Sales Performance, Sales Funnel


Total Funding: $7M in 1 Funding Round (Funding Type: Series A)

Investor: NA


6. Igor:

A platform begins with an IoT infrastructure that offers reliability, security, and scalability. Igor’s flagship product, Nexos, is a PoE-based IoT smart building platform that incorporates the hardware, software, and cloud analytics components to form the digital building 'backbone' that delivers superior smart building network reliability, bandwidth and security.

Year Founded: 2013

Specialities: Software, IoT, SaaS, Lighting, LED, Sensors, Hardware, Security, Data Analytics


Total Funding: $7M in 4 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Venture- Series Unknown)

Investors: Next Level Ventures, CMA Ventures, Iowa Dept of Economic Development & Clean Energy Trust


7. Higher Learning Technologies (HLT):

EdTech startup providing the most efficient and convenient way for students across the world to learn and achieve their dreams. HLT has attracted millions of learners and become the market-leading platform for mLearning applications. It has over 6,000,000 users across 175+ Countries around the world and 550,000 monthly active users.

Year Founded: 2012

Specialities: Education, E-Learning, EdTech, Apps, iOS


Total Funding: $14.5M in 3 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Venture- Series Unknown)

Investors: Next Level Ventures, Richard Ferguson, Joe Whitters, Josh Cramer, & Bruce Lehrman


8. Syncbak:

A media technology company the develops products and services for television broadcasters and content programmers. Syncbak’s end-to-end platform, SimpleSync, is used by broadcasters for live stream transcoding, cloud-based rights resolution, cloud-based DVR, device filtering, geo-location services, content management, stream monitoring, video clipping, and dynamic ad insertion.

Year Founded: 2009

Specialities: Broadcasting, Internet, Software, Video Streaming, Media Technology, Apps


Total Funding: $22.4M in 4 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Series D)

Investors: Consumer Technology Association, CBS Corporation, Gray TV, Morgan Murphy Media etc.


9. Vertex Software:

A software company that is shaping the future of how product development happens in manufacturing. Vertex’s 100% cloud-based solution combines the best in 3D visualization technology and web-based software, revolutionizing the speed and quality of collaboration. Anyone across the extended enterprise can access and leverage product data without special hardware or legacy software tools.

Year Founded: 2017

Specialities: SaaS, Cloud Computing, 3D Technology, Data Security, Storytelling, Geometry, Manufacturing Visualization


Vertex Software transforms how people and companies share and collaborate with 3D product data across the extended enterprise. Its solutions improve the speed and quality of collaboration so teams can make better decisions—and get to market faster.


10. VIDA:

VIDA is a leader in quantitative pulmonary imaging analysis offering a unique lung imaging evaluation as a service to aid in the early detection, diagnosis, and treatment evaluation of pulmonary diseases. VIDA’s solution aims to provide greater precision and personalization across a range of lung diseases including cancer, emphysema, airway obstructive diseases, asthma and interstitial lung disease. Their analysis is available for clinical use in the USA, EU, Canada and Australia.

Year Founded: 2004

Specialities: BioTech, AI, Medical, Medical Device, MedTech, Image Analysis


Total Funding: $8.9M in 5 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Debt Financing)

Investors: Iowa Innovation Acceleration Fund, Rittenhouse Ventures, Next Level Ventures, Chartline Capital Partners etc.


11. iotaMotion:

A medical device startup spun out from the University of Iowa's Otolaryngology Department, it develops advanced technologies related to cochlear implant surgery. iotaMotion's goals include advancing the state of hearing preservation as well as increasing access to care for the whole spectrum of hearing loss.

Year Founded: 2016

Specialities: Medical Device, Cochlear Implants, Robotics, Manufacturing


Total Funding: $4.1M in 2 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Venture- Series Unknown)

iotaMotion's IOTA-Soft™ is the company's robotic-assisted insertion device, which will allow surgeons to advance cochlear implant electrodes with the precision of robotics.


12. Smart Ag:

A AgTech startup leading the transition to autonomous farming. Smart Ag's goal is to give farmers the technology to operate smarter and eliminate the choice between what is best for their farm and constraints like available labor, brands of equipment or the cost of larger machinery.

Year Founded: 2016

Specialities: Agriculture, Farming, AgTech, Automation, Autonomous Driving, Machine Intelligence


Total Funding: $5M in 1 Funding Round (Funding Type: Venture- Series Unknown)

Investor: Stine Seed Inc.


13. Performance Livestock Analytics:

A farming company that aims to help livestock producers become more sustainable and profitable. Performance Livestock Analytics develops farm management information system for the livestock industry to help producers through the power of big data and software analytics.

Year Founded: 2015

Specialities: Farming, AgTech, Livestock, SaaS, Analytics, Big Data


Total Funding:$2.3M in 3 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Venture- Series Unknown)

Investors: Builders VC & Cavallo Ventures


14. Pear Deck: 

Pear Deck is an educational technology company offering a web-based application to K-12 schools and teachers. The company supports millions of K-12 educators, students, and families across around the world and facilitating millions of moments of meaningful engagement every day.

Year Founded: 2014

Specialities: Education, E-Learning, EdTech


Total Funding: $5.2M in 3 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Venture- Series Unknown)

Investors: Growth Street Partners, Village Capital, Hyde Park Venture Partners, VilCap Investments etc.


15. SwineTech:

SwineTech is an award-winning technology company whose innovations revolutionize the pork industry through artificial intelligence. Its vision is to develop technologies that improve welfare, productivity, and sustainability for every pork producer in the world. It is the world’s leader in using artificial intelligence to eliminate sow and piglet deaths.

Year Founded: 2015

Specialities: Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, AI, ML, Wireless, Sensor Technology


Total Funding: $2.8M in 3 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Non Equity Assistance)

Investor: The Pearse Lyons Accelerator


16. Pitchly:

A leading cloud-based content services platform for M&A professionals to organize and activate their intellectual property. Pitchly aggregates digital data sources, such as Excel, SQL, Salesforce and more, into one normalized tabular view of the data to reference, search, filter, and then integrate into documents and presentations in real-time.

Year Founded: 2014

Specialities: B2B, Analytics, BI, Database, Enterprise Software, PaaS, SaaS


Total Funding: $100K in 2 Funding Rounds (Funding Type: Debt Financing)

Investor: NA


17. Substrate Games:

Substrate Games is an independent software development studio that builds educational software, has developed a game-based learning app for students learning organic chemistry. It is a spinout company from Iowa State University.

Year Founded: 2015

Specialities: Education, E-Learning, EdTech, Apps, SaaS, Gaming


Total Funding: $2M in 3 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Grant)

Investors: National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), & Division for Research Capacity Building (DRCB)


18. SmartScripts:

A full service pharmacy delivering an easier, safe, more convenient experience for people managing multiple medications. SmartScripts has been designed to offer the first truly customer-centric full service pharmacy experience without leaving the home.

Year Founded: 2015

Specialities: Regimen Management, Pharmacy, Adherence Packaging, Medication Compliance


Total Funding: $2.5M in 1 Funding Round (Funding Type: Unknown)

Investors: Rural Vitality Funds, Next Level Ventures & Iowa Startup Accelerator


19. Tractor Zoom:

Tractor Zoom is an online marketplace for finding heavy equipment at auction and collecting big data. It allows you to access more farm auction inventory in less time, all from the palm of your hand. Tractor Zoom makes it simple for farmers to browse and search farm equipment for sale at auction.

Year Founded: 2017

Specialities: AgTech, Big Data, FinTech, Internet, Marketplace, SaaS


Total Funding: $1M in a Single Seed Funding

Investors: Innova Memphis & Ag Startup Engine


20. LenderClose:

A digital lending platform, which allows community lenders to streamline the lending cycle. LenderClose's mission is to empower community financial institutions to compete with the national lending brands by providing instant and traditional solutions, combined with national coverage and state-of-the-art technology.

Year Founded: 2015

Specialities: FinTech, Financial Services, Lending, SaaS, Loans, Mortgages


Total Funding: $1.3M in 1 Funding Round (Last Funding Type: Series A)

Investor: Next Level Ventures


21. WebCareHealth: 

A health and technology company, provides turnkey solutions for physician and healthcare organizations for at home patient monitoring. WebCareHealth’s vision is to be a leading provider of enabling technologies and services for remote monitoring of chronically ill patients for healthcare providers, resulting in Better Compliance and Better Patient Outcomes.

Year Founded: 2013

Specialities: Healthcare, Insurance, Medical, SaaS, Data Sharing, Apps, Health Tech, MedTech


Total Funding: $3.5M in 2 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Venture- Series Unknown)

Investor:Next Level Ventures


22. AgriSync:

A developer of a cloud-based software solution for mobile collaboration and customer support in agriculture. AgriSync enables farmers and advisors to connect and resolve support issues using a mobile video customer service platform.

Year Founded: 2014

Specialities: Agriculture, Farming, AgTech, SaaS, Cloud Software


Total Funding: $1.1M in 2 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Angel Round)

Investors: Innovation In Motion & Innova Memphis


23. College Raptor:

A higher education technology company that's working to simplify the college search and application process. College Raptor helps match students with schools based on their interests, fit and affordability, which helps more students succeed and receive the best education for the money!

Year Founded: 2012

Specialities: Education Services, College Search, EdTech, Application Process


Total Funding: $2M in 1 Funding Round (Funding Type: Venture- Series Unknown)

Investors: NA


24. Rocket Referrals:

A technology company that offers an automated communication platform with a focus on improving client relationships, promoting word-of-mouth referrals, and increasing online visibility and reputation. Rocket Referrals' cloud-based software leverages industry driven research to automate communication across e-mail, direct mail, social media, and third-party review sites.

Year Founded: 2012

Specialities: Internet, Marketing Automation, Relationship Enhancement, Advertising, SaaS, Referrals, Social Media


Funding: NA

Investor: NA


25. BirdDogHR:

An all-encompassing recruitment solution that offers comprehensive talent management software and managed services — everything you need to guide the entire employee lifecycle. BirdDogHR specializes in high-consequence and government contracting industries since they have unique needs. Companies from other industries can use the BirdDogHR talent management solution — and they do — but the solution is built with the most rigorous compliance needs in mind. 

Year Founded: 1997

Specialities: SaaS, Recruiting, HR, Talent Management, APIs, Performance Management, Data Transfer


Total Funding: $4M in 2 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Series A)

Investorss: Next Level Ventures & BP Growth Partners


26. lienwaivers.io:

A cloud-based construction payments platform which integrates with common accounting and project management software to facilitate the exchange of lien waivers, ACH payments, W9s and 1099s. lienwaivers.io brings together best-of-breed technologies to provide a seamless payment experience for your contractors.

Year Founded: 2016

Specialities: Blockchain, FinTech, Building Maintenance, Building Material, Construction, Real Estate, Software


lienwaivers.io offers xTier, an automated system for requesting, collecting, and tracking all lien waivers and payments from all parties involved in each phase of your construction project.


27. Corvida Medical:

A biotech company providing a smarter Closed System Transfer Device for Chemotherapy. Corvida Medical® innovates intelligent technologies that are designed to represent smarter solutions for the safe handling of hazardous drugs and excellence in design.

Year Founded: 2008

Specialities: Health Care, Medical, Medical Device, MedTech


Total Funding: $3.8M in 2 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Series B)

Investor: Keiretsu Forum Northwest


28. Cargofy:

Cargofy is the easiest and fastest way to ship anything by truck through our digital innovation and transformative solutions. It uses artificial intelligence to simplify the shipping process. Whether a small package or a full truckload, it gives you instant solutions.

Year Founded: 2016

Specialities: AI, Delivery Service, Logistics, Mobile, Shipping, Supply Chain Management, Transportation, Tracking


Total Funding: $20K in a single Seed Funding

Investor: Iowa Startup Accelerator


29. automed:

A comprehensive system designed to provide solutions for challenges surrounding compliance and traceability for the intensive livestock industry. automed is the global first in automatic livestock medication. The automed system calculates the optimal medication for each animal, administers the dose and automatically records the data.

Year Founded: 2012

Specialities: AgTech, Livestock, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Compliance


Total Funding: $750K in 3 Funding Rounds (Last Funding Type: Debt Financing)

Investors: Iowa Dept of Economic Development, Ames Seed Capital, & Ag Startup Engine


30. Pratum:

An information security consulting and managed cybersecurity services firm with a goal to enable every client to securely use technology to meet business objectives. Pratum has an expansive client portfolio which extends across the nation, ranging from small businesses to large corporations.


Year Founded: 2008

Specialities: Information Security Consulting, IT Risk Management, Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO), Penetration Testing, Managed SIEM, HIPAA, Digital Forensics