Middle Bit: TechStars Iowa now accepting applications

Applications are now open for the Techstars Iowa Accelerator.

Techstars Iowa will accept startups from a broad array of industries that are looking to scale rapidly.  The Techstars worldwide network includes mentors from global corporations, former and current founders of startups and investors.

Ten accepted startups will spend this fall engaging with industry leaders, researchers, and professors stretching multiple disciplines such as automation, general engineering, material science, augmented and virtual reality spanning multiple vertical markets including energy, sustainability, education, agriculture, finance and healthcare.

The accelerator will stretch from early September to early December and will be held primarily in Des Moines with visits to networks and communities throughout Iowa.

The application window is open from February 17 until May 10.  Click here to apply.

Dickinson Law holding Startup Seminar

Dickinson Law will be holding a Startup Seminar on March 5th at Gravitate Coworking Downtown. The seminar will consist of programming from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m., followed by a complimentary happy hour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Attendees will hear from:

  • Martin Gross – CEO of Gross-Wen Technologies
  • Andy Snook – CEO of Fastpath
  • Terry Dooley – Executive VP/COO of Shazam
  • Ben Milne – Founder of Dwolla   

Featuring topics relevant to early-stage ventures, from corporate formation to seed stage financing to intellectual property, attendees will hear founder perspectives on these issues, as well as useful, actionable information from legal counsel who work with startup companies.

There is no cost to attend the event, but seats are limited, so register today.

Greater Des Moines Partnership holding Financial Model Seminar

On Thursday, March 12, the Greater Des Moines Partnership will be holding a Financial Model Seminar for those looking to develop business strategies for long term success.

Attendees will also learn how to determine the amount of capital they will need and when your company will become profitable. In addition, the seminar will teach how to present financial models to investors or stakeholders with confidence.

The seminar will take place from 8:30  – 11:30 a.m. at BrownWinick Law Firm. Tickets are $20. For more information about the Financial Model Seminar, contact Mike Colwell at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.