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Highlights from the 2023 innovationIOWA event

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View the full photo gallery from the innovationIOWA event.

Innovation is visible in every industry and every community across Iowa, and with innovative ideas and technologies always evolving, discussions like Tuesday’s innovationIOWA panel aim to help community members understand the current state of innovation.

Our panelists represented the distinct stakeholder groups in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, while showing how all their work connects to support Iowa’s growth and economic development.

Look for further takeaways in upcoming editions of the innovationIOWA e-newsletter and the Business Record.

Click below to hear some of what our panelists shared during the conversation. The full video replay is available on the Business Record YouTube channel.

VIDEOS: Highlights from panelists

Eric Engelmann, general partner of ISA Ventures, on incremental innovation

Nancy Mwirotsi, executive director of Pi515, on defining who innovators are

Lisa Shimkat, state director of America’s SBDC – Iowa, on what Iowa’s ecosystem does well

Ellen Willadsen, chief innovation officer at Holmes Murphy, on Iowa’s fundraising landscape

Diana Wright, startup community builder at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, on the entrepreneurial ecosystem

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