Participant NanoBio Designs continues to see growing commercial interest in its innovative genetic detection platform. Emerge Foundation stakeholders invested $375,000 in capital in addition to the initial $40,000 seed capital used as local match for NBD's Proof of Commercial Relevance state funding. Validation research and development are occurring at Maple Ventures, a device-based co-working center in West Des Moines led by Simpson College alumni Hank Norem. Milestones anticipated to be reached in 2021 include having 5-10 working detection devices developed for pilot project partners.
Although it was a challenging year for students to focus on an entrepreneurial activity, several teams moved forward and virtually presented on their progress in December (see screenshots of a few below). Several Carver Connections participants from the Indianola business community were online to offer ideas and support, demonstrating the evolving Simpson ecosystem. Gear Athletics and LuvByPenny are generating revenue from online sales. Others, such as Timber Nation, are gaining online audiences to build their digital brand.
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