As the entrepreneurial community in the Quad Cities continues to grow, Ignite Quad Cities is at the center of the action helping people find their space to create, collaborate, pitch and grow ideas in the region. Our entrepreneurial community has been especially active in recent months with packed crowds at gatherings such as the Ignite Quad Cities Open Coffees, Tech Brews and Meetups, plus an array of start-ups participating in Venture School, pitch competitions and EntreFEST.
Over a dozen teams of entrepreneurs are enrolled in Venture School, a six-week long startup bootcamp. Teams are at the midpoint of the program, and this is the most challenging time for participants because they’re gathering customer feedback, repeatedly pivoting their business plan, and discovering their product market fit. If you’re interested in viewing a live pitch off, come to the Final Pitch Off at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 at EICC, Kahl Education Center in Davenport.
Two other upcoming opportunities for startups are the Small Business Administration (SBA) InnovateHER Regional Pitch Competition and EntreFEST, the largest gathering of Iowa’s entrepreneurial and innovation community.
The Quad Cities Chamber, Eastern Iowa SBDC and coworkqc will host the regional InnovateHER pitch competition on Tuesday, April 25.The SBA InnovateHER Regional Pitch Competition is a cross-cutting prize competition to unearth innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families. Through the competition, the SBA is seeking to amplify products or services that fill a need in the marketplace and have the potential for commercialization. Submit your application today>>
EntreFEST is the largest gathering of Iowa’s entrepreneurial and innovation community. The conference takes place over two days in venues around downtown Iowa City and is the location for Iowa’s Great Idea Challenge, a contest designed for early stage innovation. Submit your business idea by Friday, March 31 for a chance to win up to $1,000.
Ignite Quad Cities is an initiative of the Quad Cities Chamber aimed at fostering a community of entrepreneurism and innovation. Learn more>>