1 Million Cups panel discusses upcoming entrepreneurial events in Iowa

Panelists at 1MC Iowa City on April 10, 2019. From left to right: Molly Monk, Geoff Wood, Andrew Zalasky, Jay Cooper.

At this week’s 1 Million Cups in Iowa City, four panelists came shared information about upcoming events they are organizing.

The four panelists were:

Here are the events that were discussed.

EntreFEST (May 16-17)

EntreFEST is a two-day conference, celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation where professionals at every level can come together, share ideas, and own their success.

“It’s two days of entrepreneurship, innovation and culture workshops,” said Monk. “For those two days, we’re going to take over all of the NewBo neighborhood in Cedar Rapids. We’re going to have different workshops in bars, upstairs corners, and all sorts of interesting venues.”

Tickets are available now for $285 with discounts for students and for startups.

Des Moines Tech Crawl (April 25)

DSM Tech Crawl is a one-night tour of Des Moines’ startup and tech community. This is a great opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and tour some of the coolest tech spaces in Des Moines, pub-crawl style. Meet with tech leaders, startup founders and young professionals as you tour different tech spaces in downtown Des Moines with entertainment at each stop.

“This is kind of unprecedented access to these companies that you can’t just walk off the street and see,” said Wood. “These are all people that have chosen to build businesses in Iowa and have had success doing so. It’s a good chance from an entrepreneurial perspective to see what you can do some day.”

Tickets to the Tech Crawl are available now for $10.

Young Entrepreneur Convention (April 26-27)

The Young Entrepreneur Convention (YEC) is an event targeted primarily at college-aged entrepreneurs. After hosting the event in Des Moines for its first three years, YEC is moving to Ames in 2019.

YEC will include keynote speakers, exhibitors, networking and a pitch competition offering up to $50,000 in prizes.

“This year we’ve fully gone into the startup founder track,” said Zalasky. “Our speakers are people who are walking the journey, who have been where those college students and early-stage entrepreneurs in the audience are.”

Tickets are available now for $99.

Startup Weekend Iowa City (July 12-14)

Startup Weekend Iowa City is a 54-hour weekend event where participants pitch their ideas, form teams around skillsets, get feedback from mentors, build a prototype and finally present the product in a demo presentation on Sunday night.

Tickets are available now for $20.


The DSM Tech Crawl is an event being organized and presented by Clay & Milk. Geoff Wood is the co-founder and Publisher of Clay & Milk.