Ignite Quad Cities, an initiative of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, and The Technology Association of Iowa have partnered to bring TechBrew of the Quad Cities. TechBrew is an initiative of The Technology Association of Iowa, and is a casual networking event for entrepreneurs, educators, technologists, business people, and economic developers, and are hosted monthly in communities across Iowa.
“We’re excited to see the entrepreneurial culture in the Quad Cities continue to grow,” says Julie Forsythe, Vice President. “TechBrew is something that communities recognized for having a strong presence of entrepreneurs and those on the leading edge of technology have. We’ve had a number of people express interest in having a regularly scheduled TechBrew as a way to increase opportunities to collaborate and hopefully begin new business ventures.”
“Earlier this month we partnered with the Chamber to host the inaugural Tech Town Hall Quad Cities event and it turned out to be the most well-attended Tech Town Hall throughout the state of Iowa,” says Brian Waller, President of the Technology Association of Iowa. “The enthusiasm with which we were met showed us that there is a demand for more technology-related conversations in the region. We are proud to partner with the Quad Cities Chamber to establish the sixth community in Iowa hosting monthly TechBrews.”
Ignite Quad Cities began three years ago in a push to foster a culture in which entrepreneurial minded individuals could connect and find existing resources within the region. It began with a single Meetup group called the Ignite Quad Cities Entrepreneurial Meetup group. In March 2016, Ignite Quad Cities added a second Meetup group called Quad Cities Open Coffee which meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 9:00 a.m. TechBrew is the third Meetup group to form out of Ignite Quad Cities.
“When we started this effort we simply started talking to people,” says Forsythe. “We learned who the resource partners are, who the serial entrepreneurs in town are, and started giving these people a platform to share their experience and expertise with those just starting out. It’s been very grass roots. With two successful Meetup groups underway and now a third starting, and nearly 1,500 people involved collectively, we’re seeing that people involved feel the Quad Cities has all of the resources they need to launch a business. They don’t have to go to Silicon Valley or anywhere else to successfully start a new business.”
Upcoming Ignite Quad Cities Meetups will be held as follows:
Ignite Quad Cities Entrepreneurial Meetup: Let’s talks about what’s going on in virtual reality featuring Steve Grubbs of Victory Enterprises
Tuesday, October 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cru Shoppe, 221 Brady St., Davenport:
Ignite Quad Cities Open Coffee
Thursday, October 13 and Thursday, October 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at The Creative Collective, 225 E. 2nd St., Davenport
TechBrew, hosted by Ignite Quad Cities and the Technology Association of Iowa
Monday, October 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Endless Brews, 310 N. Main St., Davenport
Ignite Quad Cities also annually hosts Venture School, a six week hands-on bootcamp for entrepreneurs seeking to test their idea and prepare to take it to market. The next round of Quad Cities Venture School will begin in January 2017 in partnership with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.
About the Quad Cities Chamber: The Quad Cities Chamber is a champion for business and community growth in the region.
About the Technology Association of Iowa: The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) is a statewide, member-based organization uniting Iowa's technology community by connecting leaders, developing talent, driving public policy, and fostering diversity. TAI's members work together to support the industry and advance Iowa's reputation as a technology state. The organization is a collection of leaders who have come together as Iowa’s statewide voice for technology. To learn more, visit: www.technologyiowa.org