NOTE: Thank you for your interest in Innovation EXPO 2016! Pre-registration (for pre-printed name badges) has closed. You are still welcome to attend the EXPO as a walk-in. When you arrive at the DoubleTree, come to the Walk-In section of the registration table located in the main lobby. There is a cost of $45 if you will be joining us for lunch (you can pay by credit card at the Walk-In table). If you are only coming for the afternoon pitches and Showcase, that is free.
Innovation EXPO 2016 events are designed for entrepreneurs, creatives, financial resources and business leaders in Iowa to connect, help our region grow more new business, create jobs, keep our region vibrant and globally competitive - and to celebrate entrepreneurs.
It's really all about the entrepreneurs. Budding or existing - they are our future.
The innovators. The risk takers. The job creators.
Meet dozens of entrepreneurs. See & touch their products. Connect with potential partners.
Connect. Learn. Celebrate.
The Innovation EXPO 2016 is a coordination of three state-wide events, to enable more fruitful connections between resources and entrepreneurs. It will culminate in a convention-like setting for celebrating our area's entrepreneurial companies and individuals.
Registration opens at 8:00 am. Join us for networking and a continental breakfast.
8:30 am to Noon
Ten early-stage etrepreneurs will practice their pitches and receive constructive feedback from a panel of area business experts.
Iowa Venture Capital Association's "Seed and Venture Forum"
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Entrepreneurs will pitch their more-developed business ideas to a panel of seed and venture-stage company experts from across the state and country.
The EDC's "Entrepreneur Showcase," featuring the "Inventor's Garage," "Ventures@UI" and "Startup Fair"
4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Entrepreneur Showcase will feature over 100 entrepreneurs and inventors who will showcase their Iowa businesses in a convention-like setting.
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EDC’s primary function is to connect entrepreneurial needs with qualified community and state resources and to provide hands-on professional business direction. While working with both emerging and existing Iowa-based businesses, EDC supports the development and commercialization of new products, services and technologies.