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Startup Stories

Startup Stories is an event ripe for networking, learning and inspiration. At each event following a short lunch, Executive Director Mike Colwell interviews a founder or cofounders of a local startup who have done great things — which can include success or failure. These fireside-chat style interviews tackle topics geared to provide attendees with best practices, lessons learned and other takeaways. Attendees are encouraged to participate and ask questions.

Save the Date

Startup Stories is held the third Saturday of every month from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St., Ste. 100, Des Moines, Iowa 50309. Admission is $15 (including lunch) or free (without lunch). Check back for details!

June Startup Stories

The June Startup Stories event will take place Wednesday, June 21 from 11:30  1 p.m. at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St., Ste. 100 in Des Moines. Amy Vohs, Founder of Lil' Sidekick, will be the guest speaker at the June Startup Stories event. Vohs will talk about her journey of getting Lil' Sidekick into big box retailers and her experiences with bootstrapping. She will also focus on how to gain investors and how she uses the available resources in Iowa to grow and maintain her business. Admission is $15 (includes lunch) or free (without lunch). Register here.

Past Startup Stories

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