The Current State. Perspectives on Navigating Seed and Venture Capital During a Pandemic



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1:00 PM to 3:30 PM



The Current State. Perspectives on Navigating Seed and Venture Capital During a Pandemic

Event Details

Join us for an afternoon of conversations devoted to the ongoing challenges of raising and deploying capital during a pandemic. You’ll hear from experienced investors, entrepreneurs who have successfully raised capital and the teams that put it all together. Attend all or part of the webinar, get your questions answered and come away with tangible ideas to implement immediately.

1:00 – 1:20 – Welcome and opening
  • Chris Sackett – Managing Partner, BrownWinick 
1:20 – 2:00 – Investor panel

Moderated by:

  • JD Geneser – Senior Partner, LWBJ 


  • Tej Dhawan – Chief Data Officer, Principal Financial
  • Jeff Maters – Managing Director, Network Ventures
  • Craig Ibsen – Managing Principal, Next Level Ventures

2:00 – 2:05 – Break 

2:05 – 2:35 – Entrepreneur panel
2:34 – 2:45 – Q&A Entrepreneur Panel

Moderator By:

  • Gabe Glynn, CEO of MakuSafe 


  • Ryan Gerhardy, CEO & Co-Founder, Pitchly
  • Omar Jordan – Founder & CEO, Lender Close
  • Todd Krone – CEO, PowerPollen
2:45 – 2:50 – Break 
2:50 – 3:25 – Execution panel

Moderated by:

  • Joe Leo, BrownWinick 


  • Liz Keehner
  • Eric Engelmann
  • Mike Colwell
3:25 – 3:30 – Closing
  • Mike Colwell – Executive Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Greater Des Moines Partnership


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About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 24 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 365 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at

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About LWBJ

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