“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” – Margaret Thatcher
That’s Mike Colwell’s favorite quotation. Based on his 30 years in business, Mike will tell you that doing is much more important than telling.
As executive director of the entrepreneurial initiatives of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Mike is directly responsible for Square One DSM and Plains Angels. Mike also has had a key role in the formation of the Global Insurance Accelerator and the agricultural technology accelerator. In his role Mike spends his days coaching, mentoring, consulting, networking and generally asking very tough questions, the kinds of questions most entrepreneurs would rather he did not ask.
After spending more than 20 years in the mobile computing and wireless networking markets, Mike brings his knowledge and battle scars to bear with the goal expanding the central Iowa entrepreneur ecosystem. Focusing on high-growth-potential companies, he works with businesses ranging from a single person with an idea to $10 million companies looking to grow to $25 million. Mike assists with business strategy, business planning, business plan execution and business model development. Mike is the co-founder and co-manager of the Plains Angels, an angel investor group with 2 Iowa chapters and over 60 members.
Mike is personally an angel investor and partner in startups. Growing up in the Cedar Falls-Waterloo area, Mike worked in several of his father’s small businesses. He attended the University of Iowa where he majored in management information systems and minored in computer science.