2019 Best Tech Startups in Iowa City

Powered by CrunchbaseThe Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Iowa City, Iowa. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Pear Deck

Pear Deck

Founded: 2014

Also honored in: 

“Pear Deck helps schools optimize their 1:1 programs through interactive synchronized presentations. A Pear Deck is a presentation displayed on a projector and student devices simultaneously. Teachers build interactive slides as a component of their deck that invite or require responses on individual devices and then display visualizations of aggregate data on the teacher’s dashboard or projector in real-time.

Teachers launch presentations on student screens with a single click, watch student answers come in, and engage the entire class in group discussions. Pear Deck blurs the line between instruction and assessment to promote active learning and data-driven instruction.”

2. MCI World

MCI World

Founded: 2015

Also honored in: 2019 Best Tech Startups in Iowa

“Mass Markets executes domestic omni-channel, inbound and outbound contact center services on behalf of some of the most recognizable brands in the world. As an industry leader with deep expertise in managing interactions across the customer lifecycle, Mass Markets connects customer service, inside sales, market research, automated customer contact and back-office business processes into comprehensive, flexible solutions. Servicing a range of industries, Mass Markets designs high-performance, analytics-driven solutions that produce real results. Under its signature Anything-as-a-Service platform, Mass Markets provides a suite of services and technology that extends beyond the contact center to enable organizations to better target and connect with customers. Anything-as-a-Service accelerates the transformation of business by utilizing intelligent infrastructure and domestic labor to provide significant cost advantages and superior technological footing to businesses that challenge the status quo.”

3. College Raptor

College Raptor

Founded: 2014

Also honored in: 

“Are you looking for funded startup in the lowa City / Cedar Rapids, Iowa corridor?

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

4. Rantizo


Founded: 2017

“Rantizo is a targeted drone spraying platform that utilizes electrostatic technology to safely and precisely deliver cartridge-dispensed agrichemicals when and where they are needed.”