Entrepreneurship Day


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

2006 Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, Iowa

This is a Free Event

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The 11th Annual Entrepreneurship Day offers a blend of speakers and panelists on current topics and issues.




Entrepreneurship Day

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Welcome, Rob Denson, President DMACC

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Overview of Entrepreneurship Day & Introduction of Keynote Speaker & Panelists
Vada Grantham, Chair, Entrepreneurship Program

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Speaker, Blake Rupe, Founder of Re- APP, Inc.

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. INTERMISSION)
(Business Executives, Innovation, Social Network, Technology, and Industry Trends)

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Questions & Answers Session Panelists

Overview & Closing Remarks, Vada Grantham, Moderator

 Keynote Speaker

Blake Rupe

Blake Rupe, Founder of Re- APP, Inc.

Blake Rupe is a passionate conservationist turned entrepreneur and the Founder of Re-APP, Inc.  Blake's journey into the startup world began when she was conducting research on the marine debris situation in Veracruz, Mexico for her Master's degree.

Come learn how Blake created a mobile application that enables users to measure and track their individual recycling efforts over time.  Plus, how she is becoming the Midwest leader in connecting experts representing state, federal, regional, tribal, and not-for-profit organizations to create a framework to identify, assess, prevent and reduce marine debris in our rivers and waterways.


Todd Walker

Todd Walker,  Owner,  Absolute Garage

Franchising is the fastest growing way some entrepreneurs are becoming their own boss.  Todd Walker started Absolute Garage in 2004 with his wife Renita from the sheer need for an organized garage.  

Most ideas for business starts by saying there has to be a better way to do this and, if I have this problem, there others across this country with the same problem…then the journey begins!!!

In 2012 Absolute Garage opened their 2nd store in Omaha, NE.

Augustin Mendez

Augustin Mendez, Founder, Sound Cap Technology

Augustin has owned several restaurants and he recently developed a drink called, RUMCOQUI, a 100% Natural Coconut Crème Liqueur.  In that process, he came up with this amazing idea for his patented “Sound Cap Technology.”  With any twist cap on a bottle, the sound cap technology plays a jingle, message, or marketing slogan.

Come learn how this revolutionary technology will change how we now open up salsa, wine, mayonnaise or any container with a twist cap.

Tiffany Tolkarz

Tiffany Tokarz, Founder,  Modern Muse

After climbing the corporate ladder at Bank of America, Tiffany decided to leave her role as a Vice President to pursue her passion, which has always been helping professionals with creating intentional results. 

Tiffany won the 3rd "Most Innovative Program of the Year" award for the wellness program she created for the bank. She decided to take what she learned and create a business to help professionals tap into the realms of peak performance in a systematic way - just as this program had done for the bank.

Come hear how Tiffany has helped those across this nation achieve break-through results through consulting, training and coaching.

Ron Sears

Rod Sears, CEO, Aspen Athletic Clubs

Fitness is one of the leading trends in today's health craze…from yoga, cycling, aerobics, cross-training, Zumba, tennis, and more. 

Aspen Athletic Clubs are the premier fitness business in Iowa with six locations. Rod will tell us about his business journey and where he thinks the industry is going!

Vada Grantham

We look forward to seeing all of you at this informative, entertaining, ​and educational Entrepreneurship Day Conference.

If you have questions, please contact the conference facilitator:

Vada Grantham
Conference Facilitator/Chair, Entrepreneurship Program

Des Moines Area Community College
Building 8, Room 19A
2006 South Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, Iowa 50023
Phone: 515-964-6348
Email: vgrantham@dmacc.edu

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