Des Moines

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Des Moines, Iowa

The Greater Des Moines Area serves as a national leader in insurance startups, an industry that accounts for around 16% of the region’s jobs. More than 80 insurance companies are located in the metro area. Des Moines’ low cost of living, accelerators, and incubators help create a thriving environment for startups. In addition, Des Moines is centrally located and easily accessible to and from other startup communities in Chicago, Omaha, Minneapolis, and Kansas City.

Government & NGO ServicesGrants / FundingIowa Economic Development Demonstration Fund
Iowa Innovation Acceleration Fund
ProgramFixed Asset Financing
Loan Injection Program (LIP)
Tax Abatement
Ames Economic Development
Chamber / City OrganizationsDes Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce
Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce
West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce
Co-Working SpacesArea515
Collaborate DSM
Hub Tower
Regus Des Moines
Space2Work Des Moines
The Depot
Vault Coworking
EventsAccelerate DSM
Invest in She
Startup Weekend
Prometheus Awards
Global Insurance Symposium
Des Moines Arts Festival
Startup Stories
Startup Sisters
1 Million Cups
Startup Town Hall
UniversitiesTop UniversitiesDes Moines Area Community College
Des Moines University - Iowa Health Sciences University
Drake University
Grand View University
Startup ProgramsDrake University: Buchanan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
Drake University: Lorentzen Student Hatchery
Drake University: Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship Outreach
Accelerator / IncubatorsAg Startup Engine
AgTech Accelerator
Iowa AgriTech Accelerator
Iowa Center for Economic Success
Iowa Small Business Development Center
Square One DSM
The Global Insurance Accelerator
West Des Moines Business Incubator
Women's Business Center
Odds & EndsDes Moines Web Collective
Startup Iowa Chat
News OrganizationsThe Des Moines Register
Economic Development, Roads and John Deere in Urbandale
The Welch Avenue Show
Business Record
Iowa Business Journal
Economic Development News
The Pull
Startup Des Moines
FundingVenture CapitalCMA Ventures
Equity Dynamics Inc.
Midwest Growth Partners
Next Level Ventures
The Iowa Farm Bureau
Twelve19 Ventures
Wellmark Communities Venture Fund
Angel InvestmentIowa Corn Opportunities
Plains Angels
Convention & Vistors BureauDes Moines Visitor Information
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Blank Park Zoo
John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Largest EmployersWells Fargo & Company
UnityPoint Health -- Des Moines (medical centers and clinics)
Mercy Medical Center
Hy-Vee, Inc.
Kum & Go
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa
Firestone Agricultural Tire Co.
YMCA of Greater Des Moines
EMC Insurance Companies
Dee Zee Inc.
FBL Financial Group, Inc.
Meredith Corporation



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