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Iowa investor forum expands to serve Midwest startups; apps due Feb. 28

Des Moines February 13, 2013 by Danny Schreiber Only 14 days until Big Omaha. Get your tickets before they sell out!

The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI), a non-profit committed to accelerating the success of Iowa's tech industry, recently opened applications for i2iowa April 9, its half-day investor and innovator forum in Des Moines.

"This year's forum is focused on early-stage companies, and on providing a powerfully strong environment for networking and education," TAI president Leann Jacobsen said in a press release.

Now in its second year, the event seeks to connect investors with as many as 30 companies in three tracks: technology, general business and life and bio sciences.

To quality, companies must be based in the "upper Midwest" – TAI's definition includes Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas, Jacobsen said – and project high-growth revenue. The regional focus is a new addition to this year's event. The inaugural i2iowa only accepted Iowa companies.

Applying to i2iowa is free but if accepted startups will need to pay a $99 participation fee, which includes registration, exhibition space and a 15-minute presentation slot. Applications, due Feb. 28, can be found on i2iowa.com.

The TAI event will be the second opportunity for Midwest entrepreneurs to pitch their startups in a 6-day period in April. Invest Midwest, which caters to the "center corridor" of the U.S., takes place April 4 in Kansas City.

The "TriTechTa" returns

The forum kicks off TAI's second annual "TriTechTa," a series billed as "three big events over two days at one classic venue." Following i2iowa at 5 p.m., TAI will host its eighth annual Prometheus Awards, an event that aims to recognize and celebrate the state's high-tech industry. The following day, April 10, TAI will host a Pitch & Grow event where Iowa entrepreneurs will practice their pitch before panel of "industry experts." All events wil take place at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Des Moines.

 

Credits: Photo from Technology Association of Iowa on Facebook.

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