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Here's What You Missed at Accelerate DSM 2017

Startups in Des Moines, Iowa

2017 Event Recap

The second annual Accelerate DSM presented by Iowa Economic Development Authority was held on May 17. Speakers including Torey Maerz, Founder of Rocket Referrals; Cayla Weisberg, Partner at InvestHer Ventures; Mollie Bodensteiner, Vice President of Marketing at FunnelWise; Casey Niemann, Founder of AgriSync and Ben Milne, Founder and CEO of Dwolla; shared advice on how to accelerate business growth. 

Check out all of the videos and presentations from the 2017 Accelerate DSM event:


1 Million Cups - Jay Byers, CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership; Tiffany Tauscheck, Chief Strategy Officer, Greater Des Moines Partnership
Presentation | Video

Bootstrapping and Accelerating Your Company - Torey Maerz, Founder, Rocket Referrals
Presentation | Video

Raising Capital in the Midwest - Cayla Weisberg, Partner, InvestHER Ventures
Presentation | Video

Accelerating Sales Through Sales Funnel Management - Mollie Bodensteiner, Vice President of Marketing, FunnelWise

Accelerating Sales Through Channel Management - Casey Niemann, Founder, AgriSync
Presentation | Video

The Right Number of Investors - Ben Milne, Founder and CEO, Dwolla

Call to Action - Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning - Mike Colwell, Executive Director, Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Greater Des Moines Partnership
Presentation | Video


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Torey Maerz

Torey is a creator, inventor and builder of technology, having spent over a decade as a leader in innovation for Principal before founding Rocket Referrals. Torey's passion is developing software that is intuitive, simple to use and very effective.

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Cayla Weisberg

Cayla Weisberg is partner at InvestHer Ventures, a Chicago-based VC fund that invests in female entrepreneurs with early stage software companies. She is focused on investing in technology-enabled business services, data-driven products and disruptive solutions for large markets. With a track record for driving revenue for both Fortune 500 and startup companies, Cayla brings a strong sales focus to InvestHer's growing portfolio of scaling businesses.

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Mollie Bodensteiner

Mollie is the Vice President of Marketing at FunnelWise, a full-funnel visibility platform for sales and marketing that allows them to take revenue-driving actions with intelligent recommendations. She has over eight years' experience in sales and marketing technology. Prior to joining FunnelWise, she served as a Project Manager and Business Consultant at Marketo, where she helped clients optimize their sales and marketing processes and leverage related technologies. She is trained and practiced in DMAIC Six Sigma and Rapid Process Improvement.

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Casey Niemann

Casey Niemann is the founder of AgriSync, the first customer service platform built specifically for agriculture. He spent 14 years at Microsoft. He grew up on a farm in Kansas and received an agriculture degree from Kansas State and an MBA from the University of Iowa. Prior to Microsoft, he worked for Syngenta. He currently lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Ben Milne

Ben Milne is the founder and CEO of Dwolla, a payments startup building the ideal API to move money. Under Ben, the Des Moines-based company has raised over $40 million from investors like Union Square Ventures, Foundry Group and Union Square Ventures. Dwolla has been recognized by Fast Company as one of the world's "50 Most Innovative Companies." The Dwolla software platform is used to power billions of dollars in commerce annually by fast growing technology companies all over the country.

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Tiffany Tauscheck

Tiffany Tauscheck, CDME, is the Chief Strategy Officer at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the regional economic and community development organization. Tauscheck works alongside the talented Partnership team and volunteer leadership to tell the region's story: loud, bold, broad. She has a passion for the city and volunteerism. Currently she serves on six boards, including co-chairing the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Marketing and Communications Division Advisory Board.

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Jay Byers

Jay Byers is the CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the regional economic and community development organization. Byers currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Iowa Chamber Alliance, on the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Executive Board, Board of Directors and Community Growth Education Foundation, the General Council of the World Chambers Federation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100. Byers also serves on the boards of Simpson College, Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, Greater Des Moines Committee, ChildServe, The Homestead and Drake University's International Advisory Council.

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Mike Colwell

As Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives of The Partnership, Mike Colwell leads Square One DSM and Plains Angels, a group of Iowa-based Midwest angel investors. Mike spends his days coaching, mentoring, consulting and asking tough questions to help entrepreneurs reach their full potential.


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