Gross-Wen Technologies, Inc. and Tractor Zoom, Inc. selected as finalists

AMES, Iowa – Two Iowa State University Startup Factory cohort members, Gross-Wen Technologies, Inc. (GWT) and Tractor Zoom, Inc. have been named finalists in the Technology Association’s 2020 Prometheus Awards presented by LWBJ. Touted as the most prestigious recognition for Iowa’s technology industry, the Prometheus Awards brings together leaders from technology, business, education and government to celebrate the year’s most momentous innovations. UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be held virtually for the first time in TAI history. Join during Prometheus Week beginning Monday, June 22 for daily broadcasts highlighting finalists and revealing award winners.

GWT, a member of the Startup Factory’s inaugural cohort, is a finalist in the Creative Technology Solution of the Year category. The award celebrates the ingenuity and use of technology in a creative way for enterprise solutions.

GWT is working to solve one of the world’s largest problems — water quality. Founded in 2014 by Dr. Martin Gross and Dr. Zhiyou Wen, GWT uses its patented wastewater treatment technology, called the Revolving Algal Biofilm (RAB) system, to recover nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater.

Cohort 3 member, Tractor Zoom, is a Startup Technology Company of the Year finalist. The award recognizes an early-stage Iowa technology company that demonstrates significant market potential, creativity, and a promising future.

Tractor Zoom has developed a digital advertising platform for heavy equipment auctions. Their platform utilizes software to streamline the auction advertising process to directly place heavy equipment auctions in the hands of interested buyers.

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