For many U.S.-based tech entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley’s high cost of living and hypercompetitive environment are unnecessary hindrances to bringing their products and services to market. Many are flocking to America’s heartland in search of more suitable landscapes for launching their ventures.
Iowa is one Midwestern state in particular with an especially vibrant ecosystem and bountiful incubation resources for tech startups. Here are 13 Iowan tech startups you need to know about in 2016.
Men’s Style Lab is an online shopping platform for premium men’s apparel and accessories. The website features a Style DNA Survey for personalizing items based on each user’s individual characteristics.
Founded in 2013, Punctil has developed health care mobile application that enables patients to schedule medical appointments and check-ins from wherever they are.
VenueFox is an event organizing platform for small and medium-sized companies to plan parties and events. It offers catering and venues/facilities to support both internal and external activities.
Igor Technology’s platform combines Power over Ethernet (PoE) with energy saving software for better energy consumption monitoring and management.
Upcraft Club is an ecommerce marketplace for sewing patterns that caters to a user base of over 14,000 individuals. The company was the first to create industry standards for indie sewing.
Focusing on the livestock industry, SwineTech has created a technology that prevents piglets from getting crushed to death by analyzing their squeals—a problem that results in 13 million piglet deaths a year and costs pork producers $689 million annually.
Higher Learning Technologies develops mobile learning (mLearning) solutions for today’s students. Six of its study solutions are on the App Store’s Top 100 Grossing list.
ASAPVenues’ platform enables event planners to find suitable venues for organizing for parties, weddings or any celebration/event.
Bunchball is the developer of Nitro: a digital engagement platform that uses gamification and game mechanics to motivate participation, adoption and loyalty. On the backend, performance data and analytics are available for tracking/measuring business results.
FanFood allows sporting fans to order their favorite concessions via a handy mobile app. With express pickup or delivery options, the solution eliminates the frustration of waiting in long lines at sporting events.
BREWD’s software platform allows craft brewers to easily manage the administrative tasks of running a brewery, sans spreadsheets or systems built with antiquated technologies.
Dwolla is an online platform and mobile app that allows anyone in the U.S. to send and receive payments easily, with no fees or transaction costs. Additionally, its MassPay allows for the disbursement of thousands of payments at once—with detailed, downloadable reports for streamlined recordkeeping.
HowFactory’s solution allows firms to use/cooperate on work regulations and standard operating procedures (SOPs) via a consolidated cloud-based platform, eliminating process engineering workflows and other inefficiencies.
These 13 tech startups are just a few of the many promising ventures that call the Hawkeye State home. Be sure to keep this region on your radar as an increasing number of Midwest innovators are giving Silicon Valley a run for its money.