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Coronavirus Fallout: A roundup of postponed/canceled entrepreneurial events

A list of Iowa’s entrepreneurial events that have been postponed or canceled because of COVID-19.

EventHost OrganizationLocationOriginal DateRescheduled Date
1 Million Cups (Ames, Cedar Rapids, DSM, )1 Million CupsStatewideEvery WednesdayCanceled until April 8
1 Million Cups Iowa City1 Million CupsIowa CityEvery WednesdayVirtual
BunkerBrewBunker Labs DSMDes MoinesMarch 19May 15
DSM Tech Crawl Clay & MilkDowntown Des MoinesApril 23June 18
Founder Fireside with Clint DudleyWest Des Moines Business IncubatorValley JunctionMarch 26TBD
Forty Under 40Business RecordDes MoinesMarch 20July 23
Global Insurance SymposiumGlobal Insurance AcceleratorDes MoinesApril 22Canceled / Virtual
Prometheus AwardsTechnology Association of IowaDes MoinesApril 9June 23
Raising Capital SeminarGreater Des Moines Parnership Des MoinesMarch 23March 23 (Virtual)
Startup & Entrepreneurial Press PanelWest Des Moines Business IncubatorValley JunctionMarch 18TBD
Top Five Ways to Prevent Fraud in Your BusinessGreater Des Moines PartnershipDes MoinesMarch 25TBD
YEC 2020Young Entrepreneur ConventionAmesApril 4TBD

We will continue to update this list as other events are postponed and cancelled. Do you know of any entrepreneurial, startup or tech events that have been cancelled or postponed that we haven’t included? Let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

Coronavirus Fallout: A roundup of postponed/canceled entrepreneurial events | Clay & Milk
A central Iowa ag-tech accelerator has secured more backers and finally has a name. The Greater Des Moines Partnership first announced the accelerator last year, naming four initial investors. On Monday, the Partnership said the program will be called the "Iowa AgriTech Accelerator" and named three new investors. The new investors include Grinnell Mutual, Kent Corp. and Sukup Manufacturing, all Iowa companies. They join investors Deere & Co., Peoples Co., Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. and DuPont Pioneer. Each investor has agreed to put up $100,000 for the first year of the accelerator. Startups entering the program will receive $40,000 in seed funding in exchange for 6 percent equity. Tej Dhawan, an angel investor and local startup mentor, is serving as interim director until the AgriTech Accelerator names a permanent leader. Dhawan held a similar role with the GIA before Brian Hemesath was named as managing director. As interim director, Dhawan said his main job includes hiring the accelerator's executive director, establishing a business structure and initial recruiting for the first cohort. The accelerator will place few filters, such as location and product, on the applicant pool, Dhawan said. "When you’re seeking innovation, innovation can come from every corner of the world so why restrict ourselves," he said. One area the the AgriTech Accelerator won't recruit from is biotech. For its first cohort, the AgriTech Accelerator will work out of the GIA's space in Des Moines' East Village, Dhawan said. A future, permanent home is still to be decided. The accelerator's program will host startups from mid-July through mid-October, ending with an event connected to the annual World Food Prize. The GIA, which the AgriTech Accelerator is based on, also ends with presentations at an industry event. The accelerator has also started lining up a mentor pool. The Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Pork Producers Association have agreed to provide mentors, as has Iowa State University. While the AgriTech Accelerator is loosely based off of the GIA, it will differ in its business structure, Dhawan said. The GIA runs through a for-profit model for both operations and its investment fund. The AgriTech Accelerator will have a nonprofit model for its operations and a for-profit setup for its fund. Dhawan said the nonprofit model is being used so the accelerator can better work with other nonprofit partners, such as trade associations. "These are all organizations that are nonprofits and can be amazing stakeholders without ever having to be investors in the accelerator," he said. "It becomes easier to work with trade associations in their nonprofit role when we are also a nonprofit." When it's up and running, the AgriTech Accelerator would be one of a handful of ag-focused startup development programs in Iowa. Others include the Ag Startup Engine out of Iowa State University and the Rural Ventures Alliance from Iowa MicroLoan. Matthew Patane is the managing editor and co-founder of Clay & Milk. Send him an email at
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