Central Iowa’s ecosystem needs your help, input to decide what’s next

Over the past few months, entrepreneurs, co-workers and local community leaders have gathered at StartupCity Des Moines to discuss the needs of the central Iowa startup community, particularly in regards to what will happen after StartupCity's funding runs out at the end of September. Now StartupCity principals Christian Renaud and Tej Dhawan have compiled suggestions

Over the past few months, entrepreneurs, co-workers and local community leaders have gathered at StartupCity Des Moines to discuss the needs of the central Iowa startup community, particularly in regards to what will happen after StartupCity’s funding runs out at the end of September. 

Now StartupCity principals Christian Renaud and Tej Dhawan have compiled suggestions and community input from the three town hall meetings into a statement of needs. Ranging from a center and events space for the community to inexpensive co-working and corporate connections, the document outlines eight needs highlighted by members of the community. 

“From here, we are hoping that a number of people step forward and take some form of maternity/paternity for the document and the subsequent fundraising drive for the successor effort(s),” reads a blog post signed by Renaud, Dhawan and city manager Danyelle Crowell. “We will stay closely involved to make sure the transition from StartupCity Des Moines to [the as-yet-unnamed subsequent venture] goes as cleanly as possible to avoid any roadbumps on our entrepreneurial highway.”

You can view the “Central Iowa Ecosystem Statement of Needs” online. Anyone interested in contributing to the document can email future@startupcitydsm.com to have their access status changed from “can view” to “can edit.”

 

What do you think should come after StartupCity Des Moines? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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