Middle Bit: Young Entrepreneur Convention opens registration

The third Young Entrepreneur Convention will open registration to its $50,000 pitch competition on Monday, April 2, according to a news release.

The Young Entrepreneur Convention is April 20 and 21 at the Marriott in downtown Des Moines. It features a two-track format, focusing on startups/technology and branding/marketing.

The pitch competition—which is limited to the first 30 participants who sign up—will be all day on April 21. To date, the Young Entrepreneur Convention has awarded nearly $150,000 in three years.

For tickets, click here.

Kansas City mayor to startups: Be inclusive when hiring

In his “State of the City” address Tuesday, the Mayor of Kansas City said its startup community should better reflect the diverse talent working within the city, according to a story Wednesday on StartlandNews.com.

According to the story, inclusivity was a key theme to Mayor Sly James speech and that retaining the best local talent is a responsibility shared by both city officials and startup leaders.

`”Younger entrepreneurs are bringing talent and expertise,” James said. “But we want young people coming in, not going out of our city.”

What else happened…


Rural Colorado is about to score a major broadband win – The Denver Post

A marijuana-focused coworking space – The Denver Post


West Des Moines center focuses on STEM tutoring for girls – The Des Moines Register

The top six startups in Des Moines – Tech Tribune


Women executives discuss gender parity in the C-suite – TCBmag.com