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Des Moines, Iowa, is an important city in the United States’ insurance industry, and a sizable portion of its economy consists of agribusiness and finance. For MIT REAP Team Des Moines, a key challenge is evaluating the current state of the startup community. It has initiatives underway to measure and share the health and maturity of its entrepreneurship ecosystem, but hopes to strengthen such measures through engaging with MIT.

MIT REAP Team Des Moines also seeks to enhance the innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystems throughout the region with assistance from MIT experts. The team’s group of key stakeholders will be able to utilize MIT REAP frameworks, research, and insights to develop strategic planning that will steer regional leaders to direct action items and economic transformation. These efforts will have a long-lasting impact on Central Iowa’s ecosystem.

Team Members

University
Government
Corporate
Risk Capital
Entrepreneur

Innovation Ecosystem Stakeholder Model

Geoff Wood
Champion
Founder & President, Gravitate Coworking
Diana Wright
Greater Des Moines Partnership
Alison Doyle
Chief Relationship Officer, Iowa State University Research Park
Tej Dhawan
Managing Director, Plains Angels
Brian Hemesath
President, VolunteerLocal
Anne McMahon
Statewide SBIR/STTR Program Manager, BioConnect Iowa
John Norem
President, Ramco Innovations | Maple Ventures
Mikayla Sullivan
Senior Associate, ISA Ventures
Nadilia Gomez Raboteaux
Chief Technology Officer, Digital and Precision Ag Biosciences, Iowa State University
Nancy Mwirotsi
Founder and Executive Director, PI515
Steven Brockshus
VP of Marketplace Development, EasyKnock

Core Regional Metrics

INNOVATION CAPACITY

Ability to develop new to the world innovations from inception through to the market.

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People

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Demand

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Performance

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Culture & Community

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Infrastructure

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ENTREPRENEURIAL CAPACITY

Ability to start and build new to the world businesses from inception to maturity.

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People

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Demand

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Performance

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Culture & Community

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Infrastructure

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