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As a best city to work in tech and a top 10 city in the nation for up-and-coming tech talent market, Greater Des Moines (DSM) is the place to be to many technology companies related to insurance and finance, animal and plant genetics, precision agriculture, manufacturing, process control systems, data centers, digital media and marketing. The region has established technology accelerators to support additional innovation in the region.

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Growing Business in DSM: PowerPollen

Growing Business in DSM: GCommerce

Pro-Business Environment



DSM Accelerators


The Global Insurance Accelerator is a mentor-driven accelerator designed to foster innovation in the insurance industry by supporting startups that target the global insurance sector through technological innovations.


Backed by nine super-regional, privately held brokerage firms, the BrokerTech Ventures Accelerator is an innovation hub for startups to test broker-centric ideas and products, while bringing new and innovative ideas and solutions to the industry.


TechStars is a nationally renowned venture capital firm and network of accelerators that has partnered with Grinnell College to form one of Iowa's most competitive incubators.

Recent Expansions


ESO is a rapidly growing technology company providing software applications, interoperability and data management solutions to emergency medical services, fire departments and hospitals. This Austin-based company recently moved to Downtown DSM and occupies 13,000 square feet in the former Des Moines Register printing floor.


Granular develops solutions using software and analytics to make precision farming more profitable and efficient. This San Francisco-based firm opened a 30,000 square-foot office in Johnston.


Dwolla, founded in DSM, facilitates the movement of millions of dollars everyday with low transaction costs, easy automation and near-perfect reliability. To accommodate its expanding workforce, Dwolla now occupies 23,000 square feet in Downtown DSM.

John Deere: Intelligent Solutions Group

Intelligent Solutions Group (ISG), the company's premier IT development department, creates software for precision agriculture and recently invested $32.6 million in a new office building to house 700 employees in Urbandale.

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