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Nov 16
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 18
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Jeremie Miller

Singly co-founder   |  

Working on empowering awesome apps for people. Helped found Jabber/XMPP, open platforms FTW!

Gold Sponsors

Craig Ibsen

Senior Advisor and Limited Partner   |   LinkedIn

Craig has over 25 years of leadership experience in general management, business development, and marketing in the U.S. market and internationally. He is known as a seasoned corporate executive, investor and entrepreneur.

Craig is a Principal at LFE Capital. With $45M under management, LFE Capital invests in businesses with revenues of $2 to $20 million that need capital to support a plan of rapid growth. Investment themes include Health and wellness, consumer products and services, and business

Earlier in his career, Craig served as President of Pricer AB, a publicly traded company in Sweden and as an officer of the Maytag Corporation. Prior to that Craig founded Appliancezone Inc, a global supply chain service based in London.

Craig currently serves as Chairman of Global ID Inc, based in Fairfield, Iowa and Fitness on Request Inc, based in Minneapolis.

Craig is a Des Moines, IA native. He holds a B.A. from Luther College and an M.B.A. from Drake University.

Sheldon S Ohringer

CEO at Caleris   |   LinkedIn

With more than 30 years experience in business and a veteran of the telecommunications industry, Sheldon co-founded and is the CEO of Caleris, Inc, an outsourced technology and customer services helpdesk company. From its inception in December 2003, Caleris has grown by more than 800%. Caleris has grown from one Technical Support center to three Technical Support centers in its first 4 years. The company has received many awards including the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) awards for Economic Growth in rural Iowa for 2005 and 2006. In 2008, Caleris was recognized by the TAI as Top Growth Company. Sheldon was honored as CEO of the Year at the TAI Prometheus Awards for 2009.

Prior, he was the President and CEO of FirstWorld Communication. He not only rebuilt this company from a $1M per year CLEC to an Internet Infrastructure and data center company, but also led its highly successful IPO with a market capitalization of over $1 billion. He led fund raising of over $270 million dollars in the IPO and concurrent private offerings in March 2000. Sheldon has served as president of ICG Telecom Group, and had major executive level roles in business development and corporate development roles with US Long Distance, and Teleconnect/Telecom USA.

Sheldon has made over 20 angel investments, and has 11 active angel investments currently..
Sheldon began his career at Northwestern Bell in a Management Training Program after graduating from the University of Iowa in 1979 with a BBA in Marketing and Management.

Jeff Tegethoff

Executive Vice President of Business Development

Jeff Tegethoff is Executive Vice President of Business Development and on the Board of Directors of Appcore, llc. Jeff brings vast experience in financial leadership, corporate strategy and business development thru stages of rapid growth, having been the lead in negotiating and closing funding rounds in excess of $250,000,000 for various companies from seed stage thru later stage financing activity. Currently, Mr. Tegethoff serves on the Investment Policy Committee and is a Partner at venture development firm Broadhorn Capital (Des Moines, IA) and real estate firm Monument Capital Management (Indianapolis, IN).

Since 2003, Jeff has been an active venture capital and emerging markets investor, often serving in C-level and Business Development positions of portfolio companies. Jeff has provided financial advisory services for companies in the United States and throughout southern Africa, identifying capital sources and designing optimal capital structures across a wide spectrum of industries.

Jeff began his finance career in 1997 with experience at Paine Webber and Morgan Stanley.

Mr. Tegethoff has a Bachelors of Science in Finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

Brian Hemesath

VolunteerLocal + Tikly   |   LinkedIn

I love creating business models and building products on the Internet, particularly from scratch. I have been called a serial entrepreneur on more than one occasion.

I built a boutique web development firm with my brother over 9+ years and sold it in 2010. I co-founded an SMS mobile marketing startup in 2005 and sold it in 2012.

My current focus is growing two complimentary startups: Tikly ( and VolunteerLocal (

I'm a mentor at Startup City (downtown Des Moines) and enjoy sharing my business experience with other startups.

Anything Internet, carrier grade SMS (common short codes), e-commerce and online payment systems, creating white label systems, API creation and integration, creative marketing ideas, selling stuff I built.

James Eliason

Co-Founder/CEO of Goodsmiths   |   LinkedIn

Entrepreneurship is my passion.

Having started 3 companies and helped develop 5 different products (web/mobile) I have had successes and failures. I have also been sued by Twitter, and they haven't closed my account.  Co-Founder of Goodsmiths, The Marketplace for Makers.

Silver Sponsors

Charise Flynn

Builder at Dwolla   |   LinkedIn

Emily Harris

Intellectual Property Attorney/Senior Shareholder at Davis Brown Law Firm   |   LinkedIn

John Schnipkoweit

Co-Founder and CEO at RecBob   |   LinkedIn

Jason Stone

Shareholder at Davis Brown   |   LinkedIn

Brian Sauer

Owner, Saturday Mfg   |   LinkedIn

Emma Peterson

Founder & CEO at Tikly   |   LinkedIn

Dan Shipton

Product Focused Entrepreneur and Mentor   |   LinkedIn

Jake Kerber

CEO at Locusic   |   LinkedIn

Erin Rollenhagen

Founder, Entrepreneurial Technologies   |   LinkedIn

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Rob Jensen
Levi Rosol
Shane Reiser
Nathan Robertson
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