The folks on Des Moines and Iowa’s technology scene certainly won’t be hurting for things to do this week. In fact, they might go ahead and call it “Tech Week.”
With the Technology Association of Iowa’s pitch competition set for today, a tech entrepreneurship conference from Tuesday through Thursday and a visit by TEDxDesMoines on Saturday to talk about the city of the future, Des Moines will be the epicenter for technology leaders and business owners.
Oh, and by the way, the technology business incubator downtown will celebrate its first birthday with a party Tuesday.
Don Schoen, a serial entrepreneur who started his first software company in 1984 and is now developing a business-to-business health and wellness application with BettrLife, said the string of events illustrates the bustling ecosystem that has grown during the last several years.
“There has been an amazing transformation during the last 25 to 30 years with people getting to understand what entrepreneurship is and then finding out that there is value in it,” he said.
“Now, you have the (investing group) Plains Angels, Technology Association of Iowa, StartupCity to help people hone their skills. They are all facets that are part of that new entrepreneurial ecosystem that has really blossomed in the last five or six years.”
TAI President Leann Jacobsen said the unofficial technology week is testament to the gains made by the community. Things happening in Iowa are “every bit as cool and leading edge” as the activity on the coasts, she said.
“We’ve been seeing it the last couple of years, but there is an extreme energy and momentum around Iowa,” she said. “Sometimes we’ll say that, and people will say, ‘Give an example.’ Well, this week is an example.”
Reposted from the Des Moines Register – DesMoinesRegister.com