Best of FEST


Iowa’s largest gathering of entrepreneurs, community builders and creatives. 

We Create Here is proud to be part of EntreFEST.


Live blog:

Recap of initial thoughts and social reactions. Join the conversation >>

Another social recap from Silicon Prairie News.


Thursday: Street festival and Dream Big Grow Here pitch-off (Photos by Justin Wan/The Gazette)

Day one at EntreFEST By EntreFEST on Facebook >>

Coverage and reflections:

More about the keynote speakers:

Andy Stoll kicks off EntreFEST 2014. (Photo via Allison Poss on Twitter)

Andy Stoll kicks off EntreFEST 2014. (Photo via Allison Poss on Twitter)

Pig breeder Carl Blake’s mission to acquaint Iowa technologists, farmers on Silicon Prairie News

Ben Gilbert: Lessons in “grassroots innovation” from Microsoft to be shared at EntreFest! on We Create Here

A conversation with Kim Reynolds, STEM supporter and EntreFest! emcee on We Create Here

Nate Kaeding: How athletes are becoming entrepreneurs on The Des Moines Register

Lydia Brown: founding partner of Skywalk Group and Ascent on EntreFEST

Scott Bush: Pigs pork out on Templeton Rye Mash on The Des Moines Register



Recap a few of the sessions:

Update: All the slides are now available online, here.

By the numbers:

  • 500 Iowa Entrepreneurs
  • 100 Speakers
  • 70 Breakout Sessions
  • 60 Conference Collaborators
  • 45 Rooftop Seats to Watch Office Space
  • 25 Free Experts
  • $10,000 At Stake
  • 7 Free Drink Tickets
  • 6 Keynote Talks
  • 5 Conference Tracks
  • 4 Parties
  • 1 Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Bar

More by Amanda Styron-West on the Welch Avenue Blog.

See also: Five things to know for EntreFEST via Silicon Prairie News.