Over eight years ago the Greater Des Moines Partnership did something crazy. They decided that economic development should directly engage entrepreneurs.
While today that is common, eight years ago that was unheard of. Since then the Partnership has supported many, many entrepreneurial initiatives. From Startup City to the I/OWA conference to code day to the Global Insurance Accelerator to the Plains Angels.
This is on top of their ongoing support and investment in something called the BIZ.
Square One DSM is a part of the larger startup ecosystem in central Iowa. We compliment, not duplicate that which already exists.
Our community’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is strong and getting stronger. We are seeing more successful startup companies than ever before. We are seeing higher amounts of capital being raised and more companies successfully boot-strapping their way to success. Our future is bright.
There are new initiatives in the works. Some will succeed and some will fail. That is part of being in the startup world.