A Thinc Iowa thank you to a tremendous group of sponsors
The Silicon Prairie News team is jumping with joy – even our mascot, Analog, with his little legs – to celebrate the awesome support of our sponsors. Photo by Anna Jones | Art of Photography and Ikonix Studio.
What better way to start off this week than to thank a tremendous group of sponsors who put their financial support behind Thinc Iowa. In addition to the four biggest sponsors, the Principal Financial Group, Quova, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Microsoft BizSpark, and the Startup Circle, this group of organizations has been so great to work with and we're thankful for their support.
The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic development engine serving Central Iowa. Supported by over 280 public and private investors, the Partnership focuses on four pillars of work: economic development, workforce attraction and retention, downtown development and regional business development. With its 23 regional Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and 4,300 business members, the Partnership is united to drive economic growth with one voice, one mission, and as one region. www.desmoinesmetro.com
The Business Innovation Zone (BIZ) is the place to start for entrepreneurs. The BIZ and Executive Director Mike Colwell help them focus on idea development, business models, strategy, market validation, mentoring and networking. As a community sponsored non-profit business accelerator, the BIZ provides objective advice and guidance to entrepreneurs and growth companies. We connect clients with qualified community and state resources needed to grow their business.
T8 Webware operates on the philosophy of helping financial institutions stimulate growth and retain business through the strategic use of unique Web-based and mobile tools. In addition to providing more than 250 financial institutions with progressive, non-template driven and mobile-enabled websites, T8 Webware offers banks and credit unions custom-branded mobile applications and Web/mobile personalized payment card services.
Twilio is reinventing telecom by merging the worlds of cloud computing, web services and telecommunications. Twilio hosts a telephony infrastructure web service in the cloud, allowing web programmers to integrate phone calls and SMS messages into their applications. Twilio's simple, powerful API minimizes the learning curve required to build advanced, reliable communications applications, and its Pay-As-You-Go pricing model means customers pay for capacity only when they need it, not before.
Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere.
- Mobile marketing technology provider, the "SMS & texting gurus".
- An innovative delivery platform for the DavisBrown's legal services for startups and entrepreneurs.
- Professional risk and insurance counselors
- Building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem through the fund of funds.
Also, huge thanks to the many organizations who provided our event with in-kind sponsorship:
Performance Marketing for design that was fresh
Shift for making our online world all mesh
Seed Here for helping spread the word
Internet Solver for free wifi for the herd
Sticker Mule for stickers that rule
University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center for space that was super cool
Startup Foundation for lending leadership that was key
Livestream for a one-month premium account for free
Confurrent for developing a slick Twitter wall
OCA Ventures for monetary support in the fall
Evolve for producing a top-notch live stream
Event1 Video for capturing videos like a dream team
Drake University's Entrepreneurial Programs for monetary support that was great
Workspace for stage furniture to put our speakers in the right state
And finally, our partner for speaker transportation, Karl Chevrolet
Thanks to all our sponsors, you've all made our day!