Middle Bit: Ben and Jerry’s co-founder to deliver Keynote at EntreFEST 2019

 Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, has been announced as the keynote speaker for this year’s EntreFEST, set to take place on May 16-17 in Cedar Rapids.

In addition to Greenfield, 40 speakers from around the country have been announced to speak at this year’s EntreFEST. Some of the speakers for EntreFEST’s 2019 include: Sumaia Masoom, an innovator who works at Visa and has written for the Huffington Post, Mike Draper, founder and owner of RAYGUN, and Antoinette Stevens, founder of Reboot Iowa to help low-income adults explore ways technology can transform their lives.

Click here to purchase tickets and for more information about EntreFEST 2019.

Monetery 2019 to offer one-on-ones between venture capital firms and startups

Monetery 2019, Dwolla’s second regional summit for founders investors, announced this week the second day of the summit will be devoted to one-on-one meetings between selected startups and at least five venture capital firms traveling to Des Moines to participate in the conference.

Startups accepted into the one-on-ones initiative will get the chance to pitch their companies in person with representaives at different venture capitalist firms including Costanoa Ventures, Chicago Ventures, Firebrand Ventures, Next Level Ventures and Manchester Story.

 Startups interested in participating can apply online.

DMACC’s ciWeek set for March 4 – 8

ciWeek, DMACC’s annual week-long series of guest speakers and panels, is set to take place March 4 – 8. This year’s ciWeek is themed “Small Steps to Giant Leaps.”

Some of the more notable speakers throughout the week include Jerry Greenfield​, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, celebrity chef Roy Choi and Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography at Pixar.

On Wednesday, will be a panel celebrating the Apollo 50th Anniversary. The panel will feature Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7 Astronaut),  Fre Haise (Apollo 13 Astronaut), Al Worden (Apollo 15 Astronaut), and Gerry Griffin (Apollo Flight Director). The panel will be moderated by author Rod Pyle.

​​​​​Events throughout the week are free and open to the public. Click here to see the schedule for the entire week.