Registration is open now for the fall session of Greater Des Moines Partnership’s biannual Raising Capital Seminar, scheduled this month for Sept. 27.  Sponsored by BrownWinick Law Firm, the day-long seminar takes participants from the basics of pitch decks to the intricacies of term sheets and negotiations, said Mike Colwell, executive director of entrepreneurial initiatives at […]

Artist’s rendering of the Maple Ventures renovation design, expected to open on Oct. 1. Illustration provided by Ramco Innovations. At Ramco Innovations on Maple Street, the warehouse was not an immediate contender to house up-and-coming startups. In fact, renting space and offering administrative assistance from the 50-year-old Ramco business wasn’t even a formal strategy when the company […]

As Des Moines prepares to host the third Best of the Midwest Angel Capital Association (ACA) Conference in September, organizers are rallying to make the regional meeting stand out. “These meetings move from place to place every year, so it’s likely we won’t be seeing this meeting again for 10 to 15 years,” said Mike […]

From left: BetterHires team members Wheaten Mather, Kiki Levy, Jessica Duffy and Mia Levy at the 2018 Startup Weekend Iowa City. Contributed photo Winning the top slot at Startup Weekend Iowa City this month wasn’t on Kiki Levy’s mind when the Roosevelt High School student pitched her concept to the crowd. Levy, 16, was thinking […]

Startup Weekend Iowa City is back, and registration is still open to anyone who has an idea they’ve never worked on before, organizer Jay Cooper said. From July 13-15 at MERGE, Iowa City’s coworking lab, teams will start building on an idea for Sunday’s final pitch contest. Tickets are $20 at http://swic.rocks/. “People show up […]

An increasing number of baby boomers are turning to entrepreneurship over traditional retirement, according to a new survey by financing company Guidant Financial. Entrepreneurs over age 50 accounted for 44 percent of respondents to the survey, which found that boomers accounted for 54 percent of all current U.S. business owners. Sixty four percent of those […]

Losing two powerful voices within a week – legendary designer and founder Kate Spade, and ally, storyteller and chef Anthony Bourdain – left our culture grappling, once again, with how we acknowledge and treat depression. This morning, Forbes contributor Chris Myers explored the unique emotional risks that entrepreneurs and startup founders face – which led […]

An increasing number of baby boomers are turning to entrepreneurship over traditional retirement, according to a new survey by financing company Guidant Financial. Entrepreneurs over age 50 accounted for 44 percent of respondents to the survey, which found that boomers accounted for 54 percent of all current U.S. business owners. Sixty four percent of those […]

EntreFEST 2018’s opening keynote is still fresh in attendees’ minds after keynote speaker Victor Hwang, vice president of entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, laid the foundation for attendees to explore building local economies by ecosystem instead of building individual-by-individual. It seemed fitting for Hwang to commence the conference on the topic of ecosystems in Cedar Rapids, […]