EntreFest! announces high-growth startup track

EntreFest! announces high-growth startup track

EntreFest!, Iowa’s largest conference for entrepreneurs and innovators, has announced a slate of 10 presentations just for high-growth startups. Local speakers include John Schnipkoweit of NextStep.io on how to network globally, Kurt Heiar of JPEC’s Venture School on lean startup methodology, Kris Gulick of Cedar Rapids’ Entrepreneurial Services Group leading a panel on venture capital, and Alec Whitters of Higher Learning Technologies on raising money in Iowa. Find the full details at entrefest.com/startups. For the first time, the seven-year-old conference is creating tracks for different groups, including small business owners, high-growth startup founders, corporate innovators and intrapreneurs, economic developers and community champions and women business owners. The small business track has also been announced, and the full schedule will be available soon at entrefest.com/schedule. Earlier this week, the conference announced Scott Bush, the founder of Templeton Rye who turned to whiskey making after a career as a venture capitalist. Other speakers include Kim Reynolds, Iowa’s Lt. Gov.; Nate Kaeding, Hawkeye football star turned serial small business owner; Carl Blake, software engineer turned pig farmer, and many more. In addition to more than 50 keynote talks, workshops, discussions, consultations and parties, EntreFest! will take over downtown Iowa City with a street festival on May 15.   We Create Here is proud to be a community partner of EntreFest! Grab your ticket. We’ll see you…

Innovation Index: This week in Creative Corridor Startup News

Welcome to the Innovation Index*! Each week, I’ll round up** links and stories from around the web relating to startups, innovation and entrepreneurship in Iowa’s Creative Corridor and around the state. This is a content experiment and I’d love to hear feedback on whether this is useful. -Sarah Quotable: If you wouldn’t marry them, don’t take a check from them.  You’re going to live with them until your startup is dead, for all intents and purposes.  Pick them like you would a spouse.  And like a spouse, it helps considerably if they live nearby, because all the non-check related expertise and relationships they have work best in a local context, and not two or three timezones away. - Startup City Des Moines Principal Christian Renaud blogged on “The birds and bees of startup investing.” Shout outs: More details about Higher Learning Technologies’ recent raise continue to emerge, including that it totaled more than $1 million and included notable local investors from education (former ACT CEO Dick Ferguson) and tech (Cramer Dev CEO Josh Cramer, Involta CEO Bruce Lehrman). In an interview with We Create Here, HLT CEO Alec Whitters credited the supportive environment the former students found in Iowa City for helping them raise more than they even planned: “We didn’t approach the meetings as, ‘we are going to raise money,’” Whitters said. “We were just looking for their perspective, we were building relationships.” The co-founders have spent this week in Silicon Valley, including a trip to Google’s HQ. (Read more: Higher Learning Technologies’ first funding round nets $1 million via Des Moines Register; HLT closes $1 million seed round, strives to release 24 new apps...