Max Farrell and Andrew Kirpalani, Co-Founders of WorkHound, will be the guest speakers at the April Square One DSM Startup Stories event. Startup Stories is a monthly networking event geared toward entrepreneurs, investors and those interested in entrepreneurship that features an interview-style presentation with Square One DSM Executive Director Mike Colwell. The April event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19 at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St. WorkHound is a worker engagement platform built to help trucking companies engage and retain their drivers. Using WorkHound’s … [Read more...]
Startup Stories is a combination network and interview event.
Square One DSM will hold its second annual Accelerate DSM event May 17 at the Iowa Events Center. The event is produced in collaboration with 1 Million Cups and the Technology Association of Iowa. Keynote speakers will include Torey Maerz, founder of Rocket Referrals; Cayla Weisberg, partner at InvestHER Ventures; and Ben Milne, founder and CEO of Dwolla. In addition to the keynote addresses, the day will begin with 1 Million Cups and feature roundtable sessions. Programming throughout the day will be focused on how to accelerate business growth. The day will end with a TechBrew sponsored by … [Read more...]
Kellie Markey, Founder and Executive Director of Dorothy’s House, was the speaker at the March Square One DSM Startup Stories event. Dorothy’s House provides a safe place for the practice of life for teen and youth girls whose lives have been interrupted by sex trafficking and related exploitation. Markey told a compelling story about her time working at eBay and discovering her calling by founding Dorothy’s House in 2014. Below are five takeaways from the presentation: Know how to assemble your own chair Markey recalled that as one of the early employees at eBay, she had to assemble her own … [Read more...]
By Mike Colwell, Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives at the Greater Des Moines Partnership You own a startup company. Your great idea is becoming a product. It could revolutionize the world — or at least come up with solutions that help businesses or consumers. There’s only one problem: You just need more money to get this product, and your company, growing. This is a scenario many entrepreneurs face. They have a great idea and intricate knowledge of the product they are trying to build or problem they are trying to solve. What they need is help raising capital to help their … [Read more...]
Casey Niemann, Founder of AgriSync, was the guest for February’s Square One DSM Startup Stories Event on Wednesday, Feb. 15. AgriSync is a software-as-a-service provider focused on business-to-business support and service enablement in the agriculture sector. Niemann founded AgriSync in 2014. He spoke about his transition from working in the big tech company of Microsoft to now running a startup focused on the ag tech space. Here are some lessons Niemann shared with the audience. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice How did Niemann, a “farm kid” from Kansas, get his start at Microsoft, one of … [Read more...]
You own a startup company. Your great idea is coming to life. You're on the verge of big things! But there's a problem you need to tackle: Money to make your idea happen. If this sounds remotely like your scenario, the Raising Capital Seminar is perfect for you. The Raising Capital Seminar aims to help entrepreneurs learn how to successfully secure equity funding for their startup business' growth. Coming Soon: Fall Edition Held bi-annually, the next edition of the Raising Capital Seminar is set for September 21, 2017. Save the date and check back for details! Check out all the videos and … [Read more...]