Accelerate DSM returns next week

As Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Mike Colwell at the Greater Des Moines Partnership knows what draws an audience to networking and business-building events.

“People tend to like t-shirts,” Colwell said.

So for Accelerate DSM on April 5, the Greater Des Moines Partnership turned to Mike Draper of Raygun, seeking a nontraditional conference t-shirt.

“It’s as snarky as most Raygun t-shirts are,” Colwell said.

Draper is one of several panel members and speakers slated for the third annual Accelerate DSM. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Science Center of Iowa and ends with the Technology Association of Iowa’s regular TechBrew meeting at 5 p.m. Tickets for the day are limited to 200 participants.

“Whether it’s the digital marketing panel, the roundtables or the keynotes, everyone will have things you can take away and actually use,” Colwell said. “It’s really about getting people to look big with their ideas.”