Located in the heart of The Silicon Prairie, Iowa's emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem has garnered recent headlines from The New York Times to The Kauffman Foundation. Home to disruptive tech startups like Dwolla and tech entrepreneurs turned pig farmers, Iowa's entrepreneurs are reinventing how we eat, pay and live. Iowans brought you the vacuum tube, the first digital computer, the web browser and the 'Silicon' in Silicon Valley and we look forward to sharing with you what's growing in Iowa today.
Our Summit kicks off in Iowa City, a Big 10 college town that often ranks as one of the nation's smartest places - it is home to The University of Iowa, which houses the world's top creative writing program!
Just down the road, we'll also explore Cedar Rapids, a great American city in the middle of a major renaissance, with more than $1 billion being spent in new development since epic floods destroyed the city's downtown in 2008. Cedar Rapids is the birthplace of Grant Wood, Ashton Kutcher, cursive handwriting, GPS and wifi. Come see a city rediscovering its entrepreneurial roots as it recovers from one of the worst natural disasters in US history and reinvents itself for the 21st century.