Fostering an Entrepreneurial Community

Ignite Quad Cities is a community of entrepreneurs and business leaders with a vision to grow companies, jobs, and profits in the region. By promoting and connecting entrepreneurs to the resources listed below, Ignite Quad Cities helps people find their space to create, collaborate, pitch, and grow ideas in the Quad Cities.

For a full list of entrepreneurial resources available in the region click here.

Entrepreneurial Meetups

Hear from experienced entrepreneurs, make valuable connections, and learn about business resources available in the region at the weekly and monthly Meetups. These free, casual gatherings offer a place to exchange ideas and learn from seasoned entrepreneurs. Learn about the Ignite Quad Cities Entrepreneurs Meetup and the Quad Cities Open Coffee Meetup.

QC Co-Lab: The Quad Cities Maker Space

The QC Co-Lab is a makerspace facility where people can gather to create, invent, collaborate, and connect with other makers. The QC Co-Lab includes dedicated project rooms of industrial and electrical workshops, a library, and A/V studio.

COWORKQC: A Downtown Workspace Community

COWORKQC is a co-working space that inspires creativity, collaboration and productivity, prompting connection and allowing individuals to build their business, perfect their craft and reach the full potential of their unique position or trade through work space, workshops, gatherings and partnerships.

Startup Grind Muscatine

Startup Grind is the world's largest a startup family full of entrepreneurs, investors, and community builders.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit

The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit aims to strengthen immigrant businesses of all backgrounds through professional resources and fostering collaboration.

Iowa Inventors Club

Iowa Inventor’s Club is a membership-based group that strives to disseminate and promote services, education, and networking opportunities to independent inventors.

Tech Brew

TechBrew is a free monthly casual networking event for entrepreneurs, educators, technologists, economic developers and business leaders. Hosted in partnership with The Technology Association of Iowa and TechBrew. 

Pitch Competitions

Dream Big Grow Here

Dream Big Grow Here is a business grant contest for Iowa-based entrepreneurs to fulfill their business dreams.

Henry-Stark Counties Fast Pitch

The Henry-Stark Counties Fast Pitch contest contest gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to test their ideas in front of a panel of judges, with the chance to win prizes and resources to develop a thriving business.

Pitch & Grow

The Pitch & Grow at Innovation Expo is a place to meet other entrepreneurs, learn about their products, and connect with potential partners.

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