west des moines Business incubator


Located in Valley Junction, the West Des Moines Business Incubator has been helping to build small businesses in our community since 2009.

WDMBI is a 501(c)3 organization incorporated in Iowa with a focus on providing resources and curriculum to grow small businesses.


Visit us in the heart of valley junction:

318 5th St,
West Des Moines, IA 50265


Meet the staff

Daily management of the West Des Moines Business Incubator is performed by the team at Gravitate, an entrepreneurial support organization and coworking community with locations in Valley Junction and downtown Des Moines.

  • Geoff Wood — Gravitate Founder
  • Emma Walsmith — Gravitate Valley Junction Community Manager

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The Incubator's Board of Directors

  • Josef Reed, Board President
  • Mike DeKock, Board Treasurer
  • Jeff Anderson, Board Secretary & Past President
  • Carole Chambers
  • Derek Hoy
  • MacKenzie Dreeszen
  • Margaret A. Hibbs, Legal Counsel

Events at WDMBI

Monthly Events

Events are open to all. RSVP requested, not required.

Expert Advice Lunch Hour — Second Tuesday

Local professionals from around our community offer their perspective on the subject of their expertise.

Open Coffee — Third Thursday 

Join us for a minimally-guided conversation about anything rooted in creativity and entrepreneurship. Most conversations dig deep into what it takes to build a strong community, how to help others thrive, and a general tone of what we can do together to keep pushing the needle for the Des Moines-area and all across the state.

Open Coworking — Third Thursday

Calling all freelancers, remote works and entrepreneurs! Sick of working from home? Need some social interaction and maybe a little bit of inspiration? 

Grab a seat for our monthly Third Thursday Free Coworking day! We're a community of independent workers who enjoy working around other humans and drinking lots of free coffee. We'd love to work next to you for the day.

Community Happy Hour — Third Thursday

Come have a beer on us! Every Third Thursday is our community happy hour. Check out the space, meet other community members and do a loop around the popular Valley Junction farmer's market, featuring local food, music, and more!

Founder Fireside — Fourth Tuesday 

Join us at ourFounder Fireside event where company founders from our region share their stories of building their business, what has gone right—and what has not—along with where they're taking things in the future.

Apply to join the West Des Moines Business Incubator

We're currently accepting applications for businesses who would like to participate in our program. If that is you, click here to apply online.

Any questions? Contact us.