Nine startups joined our inaugural Startup Circle to help make Thinc Iowa a reality. We thank each of these startups immensely. Photo by Anna Jones | Art of Photography and Ikonix Studio.
In Monday's post recognizing Thinc Iowa sponsors, one very important group was held back in anticipation of this post, a big thank you to the nine companies of our inaugural Startup Circle.
The Startup Circle idea actually came from another sponsor who suggested it as a means to involve some of the early-stage companies in the area in Thinc Iowa. We thought it was an excellent idea and a fantastic way to get their names in front of our audience. Some of the companies are only a few months old, while others have been working on their idea for several years. In either case, if you haven't taken the time to check out our Startup Circle companies, I encourage you to check them out below. Also, follow them on Twitter to keep up with their developments.
If we spotted any of the founders in our Thinc Iowa photo album, we've included snapshots of them below.
Robert Hidajat, right, carries a stack of promotional T-shirts to hand out at the Thinc Iowa Happy Hour. Photo by Anna Jones | Art of Photography and Ikonix Studio.
Founded by Robert Hidajat of Ames, Iowa, bHerioc is a social game that encourages ordinary heroism by tracking and rewarding heroic acts.
Follow bHeroic on Twitter: @bheroic
David Gion on his way back to Thinc Iowa following lunch. Photo by Anna Jones | Art of Photography and Ikonix Studio.
Founded by David Gion of Des Moines, Canvis is a software and services startup that provides the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry with simple, visual solutions that improve inefficient processes and bolster the bottom line.
Follow Canvis on Twitter: @canvisllc
One of the two Craftly co-founders, James Eliason, poses with the team of another startup he co-founded, Uppward. Photo by Anna Jones | Art of Photography and Ikonix Studio.
Founded by James Eliason and Levi Rosol, both of Des Moines, Craftly is a place to buy and sell handmade goods socially.
Follow Craftly on Twitter: @craftly
Knowledge Bridge Partners
Founded by Kent McDonald of Prole, Iowa, Knowledge Bridge Partners are experts in business analysis consulting, mentoring, and training.
Bill Galfano, second from right, mingling at the Thinc Iowa Happy Hour. Photo by Anna Jones | Art of Photography and Ikonix Studio.
Foundred by Bill Galfano of Minneapolis, MileMarker helps companies organize ideas and feedback into roadmaps that will guide their products and services forward.
Follow MileMarker on Twitter: @GetMileMaker
Founded by Rush Nigut, Mike Colwell and Brian Hemesath, all of Des Moines, NotifyWorks is a solution created by working professionals to stay on top of contract and legal matters.
Follow NotifyWorks on Twitter: @notifyworks
Josiah Thomas picking up some swag at the Thinc Iowa Store. Photo by Anna Jones | Art of Photography and Ikonix Studio.
Founded by Josiah Thomas of Des Moines, RecoEngine is tech buying made simple.
Follow RecoEngine on Twitter: @recoengine
Erin Ginkens poses in her Table Nabbr T-shirt for the Thinc Iowa Startup T-Shirt roundup. Photo by Michael Stacy.
Founded by Erin Ginkens of Des Moines, TableNabbr works with local restaurants to find you tables and deals faster.
Follow TableNabbr on Twitter: @tablenabbr
Christian Gurney poses in the Thinc Iowa Photo Booth. Photo by Anna Jones | Art of Photography and Ikonix Studio.
Founded by Christian Gurney and Richard Kirsner, both of Des Moines, Torsion Mobile produces tools for the creation of mobile solutions by advertising agencies, marketing organizations and other creative professionals.
Folllow Torsion Mobile on Twitter, @torsion_mobile
Three of the four VolunteerLocal co-founders – Brian Hemesath (far left), Geoff Wood and Brad Dwyer – pose in the Thinc Iowa Photo Booth. Photo by Anna Jones | Art of Photography and Ikonix Studio.
Founded by Brian Hemesath, Brad Dwyer, Jeremy Harrington and myself, all of Des Moines, VolunteerLocal is an online solution for recruiting and managing volunteers at events of all sizes.
Disclosure: As stated above, the author of this post, Geoff Wood, is also the co-founder of a sponsoring startup, VolunteerLocal.