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STARTUP RESOURCES

The Greater Des Moines Partnership provides various community resources for startups, investors, entrepreneurs and those who are interested in Greater Des Moines' (DSM) thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Outside of The Partnership's offerings, there are many other resources for startups. These events and organizations offer support resources, ways to raise capital, education and training resources, media contacts, entrepreneurial and startup events and much more.

Support Resources

AREA 515 MAKER SPACE

Provides an environment that promotes the creative use of technology for the benefit of art, science and culture. Area515.org

GLOBAL INSURANCE ACCELERATOR

A mentor-driven accelerator designed to foster innovation in the insurance industry through startups targeting the global insurance markets. GlobalInsuranceAccelerator.com

GRAVITATE

An entrepreneurial center of gravity in Downtown Des Moines featuring low-cost, high-density coworking, collaboration and event space. GravitateDSM.com

IOWA AGRITECH ACCELERATOR

The Iowa AgriTech Accelerator, launched by The Partnership and Cultivation Corridor, is a mentor-led accelerator focused on agtech innovation. Startup companies from around the globe have the opportunity to learn from mentors representing influential companies in the ag space. AgIowa.com

IOWA SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

The center offers free, confidential, customized advice for entrepreneurs and small business owners. IowaSBDC.org

IOWA SOURCELINK

Provides information to connect emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses with resources to help with your organization's growth and development needs. IASourceLink.com

LOOK LOCAL FIRST

Initiative that encourages shopping and doing business locally and seeks ways to bring 5 percent of out-of-area spending back to strengthen the local economy. LookLocalDSM.com

SQUARE ONE DSM

Helps entrepreneurs maximize their successes through navigating resources, improving skills, forming strategic alliances and securing proper capitalization. SquareOneDSM.com

STARTUP IOWA CHAT

An online resource for entrepreneurs to connect, stay up-to-date, get help with their business plan and more. StartupIowaChat.com

TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION OF IOWA (TAI)

Dedicated to fostering innovation and promoting the success of organizations that develop and deploy technology across industry sectors. TechnologyIowa.org

WEST DES MOINES INCUBATOR

Formed to foster a climate for entrepreneurial activity and to assist in the growth of small businesses within West Des Moines and includes office space and monthly speakers. WDMBusinessIncubator.com

Sources of Capital

IOWA VENTURE CAPITAL ASSOCIATION

The IVCA is a non-profit organization with 30 member companies who influence and contribute to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the State of Iowa. IowaVenture.org

PLAINS ANGELS

A group of Iowa-based Midwest angel investors dedicated to providing outstanding financial returns to accredited angel investors while assisting early-stage growth companies by being an excellent source of funding and advice. PlainsAngels.com

Education

CELEBRATE! INNOVATION WEEK (DMACC)

A week-long celebration to promote creative and innovative thought. Students and the general public can engage in a variety of concurrent sessions and direct interaction with presenters and keynote speakers from across the nation. DMACC.edu

U OF I VENTURE SCHOOL

Venture School for entrepreneurs is a program open to community members. IowaJPEC.org

Media

DES MOINES BUSINESS RECORD

The Business Record covers technology, innovation and the startup scene related to economic development. BusinessRecord.com

DES MOINES REGISTER

The Tech/Innovation section covers the latest in the Iowa startup scene. DesMoinesRegister.com/Tech

INSIGHT ON BUSINESS THE NEWS HOUR

Insight on Business the News Hour is a weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest covering national, regional and local business news.
InsightOnBusiness.podbean.com

CLAY & MILK

Clay & Milk is a news publication that focuses on technology, entrepreneurship and policy in the Midwest. ClayandMilk.com

Events

1 MILLION CUPS

Each Wednesday, the 1MC program offers local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startup to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs. 1MillionCups.com/DesMoines

ACCELERATE DSM

A day of learning, sharing and networking for entrepreneurs and innovators. AccelerateDSM.com

CODEDAY

A 24-hour event where students passionate about technology form teams and build applications. CodeDay.org

GLOBAL INSURANCE SYMPOSIUM

An international event focused on big ideas in the insurance industry, including a focus on innovative ways that startup companies can work on creative solutions for the industry. GlobalInsuranceSymposium.com

TECHBREW

A monthly gathering bringing entrepreneurs, technologists, business people and funders together to talk while enjoying coffee (AM events) or a beer (PM events). Hosted in communities across Iowa. TechnologyIowa.org

STARTUP DRINKS

An interactive and dynamic networking event encouraging discussion of a variety of rotating topics that affect entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts. Facebook.com/dmStartUpDrinks

STARTUP WEEKEND

A weekend-long, hands-on experience where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs pitch ideas, form teams and start companies. StartupWeekend.org