DSM USA / Summer Startup Tour

DSM USA / Summer Startup Tour Greater Des Moines Partnership | 06/30/2021

Coming out of the pandemic, we are starting to unfold to a new normal of time and space. There is a resurgence of people solving problems, creating, building, making, and starting businesses and side hustles. Even after the mass disruption, the pandemic brought to our creative and business community, we strive to emerge together to spotlight the resilience that makes up the fabric of our startup and entrepreneurial community in Greater Des Moines (DSM).

The Greater Des Moines Partnership and several other organizations are working together to host the first-ever Summer Startup Tour, a month-long series of free events to welcome DSM’s entrepreneurs, creators and makers back to the community.

The Tour will also mark the 10th anniversary of the 2011 launch of the StartupCity DSM incubator, a public-private joint effort focused on growing the DSM early-stage technology community, viewed by many as the inflection point that led to the modern startup ecosystem.

First things first, all are invited.

The Summer Startup Tour will feature four stops at spaces in the community related to making, creating, and starting something. The series will kick off on Wednesday, July 7, and go through July 28.


Gravitate Coworking Downtown  |  July 7 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  REGISTER HERE

  • 8 a.m.  |  1 Million Cups Presentation
  • Noon  |  "Introduction to the Startup Scene" Presented by Geoff Wood, Founder of Gravitate
  • 4 p.m.  |  Happy Hour Event
  • Free coworking all day!

Maple Ventures  |  July 15 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  |  REGISTER HERE

  • 11:30 a.m.  |  Lunch
  • Noon  |  Panel Featuring Physical-Product Builders and Entrepreneurs
  • 1 p.m.  |  Tour of Maple Ventures

Mainframe Studios  |  July 22 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.  |  REGISTER HERE

  • 4:30 p.m.  |  Happy Hour and Introduction to Mainframe Studios by Siobhan Spain
  • 5 p.m.  |  Panel Featuring Artists and Creatives
  • 6 p.m.  |  Tour of Mainframe Studios

xBk Live  |  July 28 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.  |  REGISTER HERE

  • 4:30 p.m.  |  Happy Hour and Networking
  • 5 p.m.  |  Welcome from Tobi Parks and Panel Featuring Music Producers, Makers and Entrepreneurs in the Performing Arts
  • 6 p.m.  |  Live Concert to Celebrate the End of the Summer Startup Tour

Register today and follow along for the full schedule of events, speakers and concert announcements!

For questions or sponsorship opportunities, please email Diana Wright, Startup Community Builder at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.