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EntreFEST is one of the Midwest's largest entrepreneurial and innovation conferences. Co-produced by the Economic Alliance and NewBoCo, the conference celebrates building the business and startup ecosystems.

EntreFest Keynote Speaker Scott Belsky
Scott Belsky, Chief Product Officer for Adobe Systems and Executive Vice President for Adobe Creative Cloud will keynote EntreFEST 2018. Belsky was the founder and CEO of popular creative portfolio sharing website, Behance, before the company was acquired by Adobe. Belsky leads the product team behind applications like Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier, InDesign and a host of other creative industry favorites. Adobe Creative Cloud's shift in subscription-based revenue service was a turning point for the company and resulted in a hockey stick style stock spike after the hiring of Belsky.

Belsky will share with EntreFEST attendees how to pinpoint and capitalize on what sets a business apart from the competition. Whether it’s unique service offerings, innovative ideas, high performance employees or operating in an underserved market, Belsky will share his experience in understanding the essentials needed to keep the steam behind the most profitable components of a business.

Additional speakers at EntreFEST 2018 range from Shark Tank alum and beauty industry maven Sarah Ribner of PiperWai to Marlo Higgins, Chief Inspirational Officer at Marlo Higgins and Jeremy Tanner of Accelerate, Sendgrid Accelerate to Unity Stoakes of Startup Health. Not only will EntreFEST will have a unique mix of national speakers and keynotes that will help grow your business, but several Iowa business connections as well including Daniel Nietzel, Fighting Chance Solutions LLC, Kate Wagner & Liz Lidgett, Adore Your Walls, Scotty Russell, Perspective Collective, Hershel Rephun, Yes, Brand and Alissa Gardner, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Corridor.

Taking place in Cedar Rapids and co-produced by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and the New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo), EntreFEST brings a renewed focus on building the Midwest's business and startup ecosystems. The conference brings national keynote speakers, breakout sessions and workshops from experts focused on:


A person who's an Innovator is a traditional business employee or leader who thinks outside of the box, who consistently strives for new ideas, culture and tactics to improve their organization.


These individuals show strong interest in emerging technology within their field and bring new technologies to current systems to help combat challenges.


Entrepreneurs will have the chance to connect with fellow founders, learn skills to build a better business and connect with investors.

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