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dmStartupDrinks is hosted at different establishments all around Des Moines.  Each of our partnering sponsors have shown their support by welcoming entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts to share great ideas together.  Below you will find a collection of sponsors who have partnered with dmStartupDrinks in one way or another.  If you are interested in plugging in as dmStartupDrinks sponsor, please contact us!


Beer Sponsors

Free beer rocks and sponsoring dmStartupDrinks is an effective way to show your support of our vibrant and growing startup ecosystem.  Sponsoring beer at a dmStartupDrinks event is also a strategic opportunity to showcase your brand within a community of movers and shakers.  Starting at only $250, sponsoring the beer at a dmStartupDrinks event is ultra affordable.  Below are partners we’ve raised our glass to already and we invite you to contact us to discuss plugging your brand into this energized event.

Drake HomesDrake Homes is a progressive Des Moines home builder that is inspired by the innovative startup scene in Des Moines.  Since 2005, Drake Homes has collaborated with home buyers who expect the very best new home construction in Des Moines.  The Drake Homes brand vision is to provide an enjoyable home building experience that results in amazing new homes for young professionals and their families all around Des Moines.  Check out their outstanding floor plans, Des Moines lots, portfolio, and available homes on



flitebrite-doubletakebird-goldHow quick did you forget which beer was which in your last beer flight?! FliteBrite is an electronic serving system built to serve engaging beer flights that create a new level of customer connectivity for breweries and restaurants. The durable beer flight paddle and smart touchscreen taps into the value of beer flights while educating and entertaining consumers. FliteBrite is fueled by an online dashboard with valuable features like one-click menu management and integration with Untappd. Order smart beer flight paddles at

Venue Sponsors

Hosting dmStartupDrinks is a chance to welcome leaders of our community to experience your bar, restaurant, or venue.  As this event travels around Des Moines, we proudly collaborate with our Venue Sponsors to efficiently plan event details while finding win/win opportunities.  Check out all the cool venue partners we have below, then contact us to share your ideas.  Cheers!


Sakari Sushi LoungeSakari Sushi Lounge is a sushi bar in Des Moines, offering a new twist on fresh rolls and appetizers.  The sleek design of an expanded space, along with friendly service and a lively bar experience, ensures your time at Sakari is remarkable.  Sakari is located at 2605 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines and is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday.  For carry out orders or group reservations, visit


Confluence Brewing LogoConfluence Brewing Company offers a wide range of craft beers and a spacious tasting room just South of downtown Des Moines.  With an outdoor patio that is connected to popular bike paths, bike riders can stop by for a cold beverage anytime as well.  Along with enjoying a variety of great beers on-site, the artisan beers brewed by the Confluence team can also be found on tap throughout Des Moines.  Here is an Interactive Map to help you find common hot spots for Confluence beers.


Lime Lounge

Lime Lounge features an extensive martini list, a rotating roster of DJs, and a sexy patio in a small format nightclub.  Early evenings have the feel of an intimate, low-key lounge perfect for a gathering of friends or colleagues.  Later, the energy increases as our unmatched DJs spin your favorite beats.  Lime Lounge is open Tuesday-Sunday.  Mention dmStartupDrinks and your first drink is free!  Learn more at


515 Brewing Company

515 Brewing Company offers a beer-tasting adventure.  With a belief that exceptional folks drink exceptional beer, you’ll be treated right in their comfortable and spacious tasting room in Clive.  515 Brewing Company’s craft brew masters are always trying out new (and delicious) craft beer recipes, so stop and mention you’re from dmStartupDrinks.  From there…you’re sure to enjoy the variety of beers, educated and friendly bartenders, and an outstanding beer tasting room in Clive.  Learn more at


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Sully’s Irish Pub is a St. Patrick’s Day staple in Des Moines, but with a variety of drink and food specials throughout the year, this is a relaxed environment that can be enjoyed year around.  The patio at Sully’s Irish Pub is another great feature of this Irish pub in Des Moines.  Mention you’re from dmStartupDrinks and drink up.  Learn more at



Science Center of Iowa

The Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMX Dome Theater provides family fun and educational experiences for all ages in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.  Along with a wide variety of interactive exhibits, IMAX movies, and community-driven events, SCI hosted dmStartupDrinks in affiliation with The Des Moines Mini Maker Faire in August 2014.  Welch Avenue was also recorded before the #dmStartupDrinks event at SCI, so that was another cool element that we enjoyed by hosting this event at SCI.  Learn more at


Mickey's Waukee

Mickey’s Irish Pub is well-known hot spot with numerous locations throughout Des Moines.  It was a special treat to connect with the Mickey’s location in Waukee, Iowa.  With a variety of fun drink specials paired with a comfortable environment and a nice outdoor patio, Mickey’s in Waukee was an outstanding place to bring entrepreneurs together as we said farewell to Summer.  Next time you visit Mickey’s in Waukee, mention you attended dmStartupDrinks and prepare to be taken care of.  Learn more at


Glen Oaks Country Club

Glen Oaks Country Club is the most progressive country club in Iowa.  Located in West Des Moines, Glen Oaks provides unmatched member services, a championship golf course in Des Moines, and recreational amenities to members.  Our friends at Glen Oaks provided an amazing setting to celebrate #DSMTechWeek and it was a treat to enjoy such an amazing clubhouse overlooking the 18th green.  We invite you to inquire about membership and visit for more details on what makes Glen Oaks Country Club so amazing.


The Longest YardThe Longest Yard is an Iowa Hawkeye hot spot. The City of West Des Moines and the West Des Moines Business Incubator sponsored drinks as we took over this local bar located in historic Valley Junction. We packed the house and enjoyed some great networking among 50+ entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts. Next time you’re looking for a fun place to watch the big Iowa Hawkeye game, stop by The Longest Yard and tell them thanks for their community support!



Saturday MFGSaturday MFG is where shiny marketing ideas are manufactured daily. They recently collaborated with us to create our new look, so to celebrate, we reinvigorated their tradition of hosting our annual dmStartupDrinks holiday party. A packed house of amazing people gathered in ugly sweaters to exchange gifts, network and celebrate another successful year of building meaningful things. We appreciate the hospitality, creativity and generosity that Saturday MFG shares with our community and would invite anyone looking for brand development in Des Moines to contact Brian Sauer and his team. Merry Holidays!


GravitateGravitate was the perfect place to kickoff 2015. Located in downtown Des Moines and led by Geoff Wood, Gravitate has succeeded Startup City and quickly become the new center of gravity for entrepreneurs and a great place for startup events in Des Moines. By infusing #dmStartupDrinks into the Gravitate Grand Opening event, we were able to bring a ton of outstanding people together and continue to expose our entrepreneurial ecosystem to a wide variety of students and business professionals throughout the area. Another cool element of this event was “State of Now in Des Moines”, a special podcast hosted by Ben McDougal.


The Copper CupThe Copper Cup is unique. Located across the street from Royal Mile in downtown Des Moines, The Copper Cup is home to some of the most fun people in our city. This obviously made dmStartupDrinks special as we enjoyed complimentary drinks and were introduced to the best Moscow Mules in Des Moines.







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