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DMACC’s ciLive! speaker lineup
DMACC's 13th Annual Celebrate! Innovation (ciLive! 13) Speaker Series will take place March 9-10 at the DMACC West Campus and virtually. ciLive! is an annual conference that gives the community opportunities to connect with accomplished people in a variety of industries and life paths. All ciLive! events are free to attend both in-person and online. In-person seating is available…
Iowa JPEC launches new speaker series
Iowa JPEC is launching a new speaker series this spring that will feature successful entrepreneurs who have attended the University of Iowa. The series, titled Innovation and Inspiration Speaker Series, will kick off with an initial event next week featuring SwineTech founders Matthew Rooda and Abraham Espinoza. The event will take start at 5 p.m. on…
Startup Weekend Iowa Online 2022 Recap
People from around the world gathered virtually last weekend for an online Startup Weekend. Participants gathered into teams Friday night and worked all night and all day Saturday to build startups from scratch. On Saturday evening, seven teams presented their final pitches to a panel of judges. Each team had five minutes to…
Global Insurance Symposium returns to Des Moines this April
The Global Insurance Symposium (GIS) has announced its 2022 conference will return this April and will take place at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Downtown Des Moines. Set to take place April 21-23, the three-day symposium will provide a venue for those in the insurance industry to address and discuss issues impacting…
Iowa celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week
Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off today with a host of events throughout the week. Global Entrepreneurship Week is a massive campaign to celebrate and empower entrepreneurs in every country and community around the world — especially those individuals who face structural barriers or may have never considered the idea of launching their own startup. Here…
2021 Prometheus Awards Winners
Technology and business leaders from around the state gathered at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines last night to celebrate the 2021 Prometheus Awards. Fifteen awards were given out to Iowa companies, communities, and organizations in the state that have made significant growth and achievements over the last year. Brian Waller, President…
Young Entrepreneur Convention set for October 30 in Ames
The fifth annual Young Entrepreneur Convention is set to take place this Saturday, October 30 in the new Student Innovation Center on the Iowa State campus. The event is focused on providing information, motivation, and practical tools to assist early-stage founders. In addition to a series of keynote speakers and panel discussions, the event offers…
Iowa G2M Accelerator holding Pitch Day on Oct. 5
The Iowa G2M Accelerator will conclude its inaugural program with a public Pitch Day on October 5 from 3:00-5:30 pm.  The Iowa G2M Accelerator is designed as a “second stage” program for high tech research-driven  Iowa startups developing innovative products or services. The accelerator is part of a $1.29 million program funded by the…
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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 mpatane@clayandmilk.com.
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