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First i2iowa Forum set for April 12, will cap two busy days in Des Moines

The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) on Tuesday announced the inaugural i2iowa Investors and Innovators Forum scheduled for April 12. Held in conjunction with the TAI’s annual Prometheus Awards and Pitch and Grow 7, the forum aims to match up entrepreneurs at various stages with investors and funding resources.

“The i2iowa Investors and Innovators Forum will bring attention to the state’s best investment-ready companies,” said Debi Durham, director of the IEDA. “Innovation presents exciting opportunities for Iowa, and events like this feature companies with high growth potential.”

This forum seeks to connect investors with Iowa companies in four tracks: Life and Bio Sciences; Information Technology; Advanced Manufacturing; and General Business.

“With this track format, investors can focus on the area of their primary interest,” said Leann Jacobsen, president of the TAI. “The format also benefits entrepreneurs, who will be matched with funders who have an interest in their industry and business stage. Entrepreneurs will also have access to relevant information regarding entrepreneurial programs and resources.”

Before i2iowa, TAI will host its seventh Pitch and Grow event on April 11. There, 16 Iowa entrepreneurs will practice pitches in front of a group of industry experts. That evening will feature the 2012 Prometheus Awards, an industry-wide celebration of technology and innovation.

Entrepreneurs at any stage of business who are interested in the i2iowa event should apply online by Feb. 7 at i2iowa.org.

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