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Power Breakfast: Innovation Acceleration

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Embassy Club - Ruan Center (34th Floor)

666 Grand Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50309

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EVENT TIMING:

Networking: 7 to 7:30 a.m.
Panel discussion: 7:30 to 9 a.m.
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THE TOPIC:

Talk of innovation and entrepreneurialism is everywhere. From the startup scene to big-time corporations and at college and university campuses, the recognition is there for the need and importance for our region’s future to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and accelerate innovation. But challenges remain. Bottom line: In comparison with our peers, Iowa isn’t creating enough new businesses, it’s not seeing those new ventures grow as fast, and it lags behind in capital investment. Iowa ranked 45th for entrepreneurship and 38th for venture capital in the most recent U.S. News & World Report Best States ranking. In a Kauffman Index look at 25 “small” states, Iowa ranked No. 21 in startup activity and No. 22 in entrepreneurial business growth. Iowa trailed the likes of South Dakota, Nebraska and Montana in both rankings. But despite those challenges, much work is being done and the challenges are being tackled from multiple angles. And if you dig deeper into the rankings, there are reasons for optimism. Our expert panel will discuss tough questions about how Des Moines and the state can position themselves to strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems and accelerate the rate of innovation in our community.

We’ll discuss questions such as:

- Why does Iowa rank poorly for entrepreneurship?
- What efforts are currently underway to accelerate innovation?
- How can we increase the amount of venture capital investment?
- What can existing businesses do to get involved and benefit from innovation?
- How can our colleges and universities be better leveraged?

PANELISTS:

1. Craig Ibsen - Managing Principal, Next Level Ventures
2. Jeff Russell - President & CEO, Delta Dental of Iowa
3. Megan Milligan - President & CEO, Iowa Center for Economic Success
4. Geoff Wood - Founder, Gravitate
5. Stephanie Atkin - Vice President of Marketing, Dwolla

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Embassy Club - Ruan Center (34th Floor)

666 Grand Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50309

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