EntreFEST: Iowa's entrepreneur conference
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Get ready, EntreFEST is coming May 14-16!
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A meeting of Iowa’s most innovative minds.

Part Festival. 

A celebration of our entrepreneurial spirit.

Part Resource Hub. 

A one-stop-shop for business support.

Iowa’s largest gathering of

“EntreFEST changed our perception of Iowa. We felt like we were on an island before the conference. Our connections from the event have been invaluable to the growth we experienced this past year.”
~ Rachael Roewe, co-founder of {made} community

2014 Speakers

  • Nate Kaeding
    Nate KaedingFounding Partner Short's Burger & ShineFormer NFL kicker for the San Diego Chargers and legendary Iowa Hawkeye football star.
    • Scott Bush
      Scott BushFounder and President of Templeton Rye SpiritsFormer venture capital banker turned whiskey maker
      • Kim Reynolds
        Kim ReynoldsLieutenant Governor of Iowa Named a "Top 10 Rising Stars” by The Washington Post.
        • Carl Blake
          Carl BlakeCreator of the world's perfect pigSoftware-engineer-turned-pig farmer, who's been featured in The New York Times & The Colbert Report.
          • Lydia Brown
            Lydia BrownSkywalk Group and AscentSerial entrepreneur and passionate advocate for Iowa's women entrepreneurs.
            • Barry Boyer
              Barry BoyerBoard Chair and Former CEO of Van Meter, IncLed Van Meter to Inc. Magazines Top 20 Best Small Places to Work in America
              • Ben Gilbert
                Ben GilbertOutgoing Director of Microsoft's Innovation GarageLeader of innovation initiatives at Microsoft, as a national thought leader on corporate innovation
                • Josh Cramer
                  Josh CramerFounder and CEO of FullstackFounder of one of the nation’s top boutique startup-focused software development firms.
                  • Emma Peterson
                    Emma PetersonCEO/Founder of TiklyStarted Tikly at the age of 21 and now taking on Ticketmaster
                    • Saturday Mfg
                      Saturday MfgIdea FactoryOne of the Midwest's most decorated marketing & branding companies.
                      • Michal Eynon-Lynch
                        Michal Eynon-LynchCo-Founder, Pear DeckIowa school teacher turned entrepreneur who successfully co-founded and sold ActiveGrade, an education-focused tech startup, in 2013.
                        • Tim McDougall
                          Tim McDougallFusionfarm, The Gazette, Vernon Research GroupFormer Chief Marketing Officer for The Houston Rockets, The New Orleans Hornets and P.F. Chang's.
                          • Kurt Heiar
                            Kurt HeiarEntrepreneur in Residence at UI JPECSerial Entrepreneur & Lead Instructor for the University of Iowa’s Venture School
                            • Michael Ott
                              Michael OttEntrepreneur in Residence, Nidus Investment PartnersVenture Capitalist & Serial Biotech Entrepreneur
                              • Naftaly Stramer
                                Naftaly StramerOwner and Co-Founder of Oasis FalafelEngineer turned restaurant-owner, leading one of Iowa's fastest growing food companies
                                • Mark Ginsberg
                                  Mark GinsbergArt Dealer & Owner, M.C. GinsbergMC Ginsberg was named one of the  “Best 10 Companies Supporting the Arts in America,” alongside multi-billion dollar corporations

                                  “Not only were the breakout sessions informative — they sparked conversations that have grown into partnerships and friendships. EntreFEST was a springboard for us into many other connections and business growth.”
                                  ~ Peter Awad, Co-Founder of GoodBlogs 

                                  “What an entrepreneur needs to be successful.”

                                  • Individuals
                                    $189After April 30
                                    • Access to 50+ Conference Sessions
                                    • 4+ Meals Included
                                  • Teams
                                    25%Group Discount
                                    • For companies sending 4+ team members
                                    • Access to 50+ Conference Sessions
                                    • 4+ Meals Included
                                    • Orchestra Seats at the Dream Big Finals
                                  • Student
                                    50%Student Discount
                                    • With Student ID
                                    • Access to 50+ Conference Sessions
                                    • 4+ Meals Included
                                    • Orchestra Seats at the Dream Big Finals

                                  2014 Sponsors

                                  EntreFEST is possible thanks to the generous support of many entrepreneurial supporters around Iowa.
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                                  EntreFEST May 14-16, 2014
                                  in Downtown Iowa City

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