At StartupCity Des Moines, we know that you are thinking of ideas outside conference rooms, often while daydreaming in the cubicle. Excited to talk to anyone about your dream, you are seeking out others who may see your passion for the ideas percolating within you. But before you apply to our incubator, we want to be sure your startup is right for us…and that we are right for you. If you can check ‘yes’ to all of these questions, then please hit ‘send’ on your application.
- Is your startup focused on a technology solution?
- Will your founder work on this project full-time?
- Are you open to guidance from mentors?
- Will you eagerly participate in peer-to-peer learning?
- Are you (or will you be) located in the Des Moines metro area?
Once we receive your application, we will devote attention to the data in the form. If the idea seems promising for our portfolio, we will schedule a conversation with you to briefly validate your idea one-on-one. From there, you’ll be invited to meet the StartupCity team to present your idea and answer questions. This isn’t a pitch to a venture capitalist, it isn’t a job interview, and it certainly isn’t a sales pitch. We just want to know why you believe in the idea and why you are uniquely positioned to take it to the world. Expect us to quiz you, question you, challenge you. We aren’t here to steal your idea but rather help you develop it. All are here on the honor system and none will sign an NDA. If you feel that NDA is critical for your idea, an incubator is probably not for you. If we can work with you, we’ll let you know and move on to paperwork (legalese is limited, but necessary). The only costs of working within the community are the sharing of a sliver of equity in your company and paying your share of the utilities.