Middle Bit: EntreFEST returns to Cedar Rapids June 4-5, 2020

EntreFEST will return to Cedar Rapids on June 4 and 5.  The two-day conference is designed to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation, with professionals at every level coming together to share ideas. 

The event is expected to bring more than 500 attendees to Cedar Rapids.

 “EntreFEST is an incredibly valuable experience for members of the business community at all levels,” said Jill Wilkins, Events Director for NewBoCo. “On one hand, it’s a great opportunity to learn about and gather new ideas. But one of the really special things that happens is the conversations and connections that happen, too. Attendees make new contacts, get business referrals, and even find new investors while they are all in the space together.”

The new developer track from 2019 will return for its second year.

The first wave of speakers is now available, and tickets can be reserved now. EntreFEST tickets are $199 through February 14.

Iowa JPEC taking nominations for Iowa Innovation and Entrepreneurship Honors. 

The University of Iowa has opened up a call for nominations for the upcoming Iowa Innovation and Entrepreneurship Honors. 

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is hosting the first Iowa Innovation and Entrepreneurship Honors on April 23, 2020. Awards will be presented at the Honors to recognize the outstanding entrepreneurial accomplishments of our alumni, students, faculty, staff, and Venture School participants. Recipients of these awards exhibit passion, devotion and innovation in planning and deploying their startup/business, and have made significant progress over the years as determined by metrics such as jobs created and revenue generated.

The university is currently seeking nominations for the following awards:

  • Student Startup of the Year Award
  • Faculty/Staff Startup of the Year Award
  • Young Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • Venture School Business of the Year Award

Nominations will be accepted until February 21, 2020.

Pitchly Makes Latka’s list of 100 Fastest Growing SaaS Companies in 2019

Pitchly has been listed on the Latka 100: List of Fastest Growing SaaS Companies, coming in at number 18.

Out of 3,500 SaaS companies last year, Pitchly ranked in the Latka top 5% in terms of revenue growth rate.

According to the list, Pitchly saw $480,000 in revenue in 2019, a 344% increase from 2018.

Click here to see the full rankings.