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Ben McDougal is a tech founder, multimedia marketer, ecosystem builder and inspired author in the connected era.

Ben evolves ideas into reality and accelerates others through the art of connection. He believes that nobody cares about your great ideas. They care how you make ideas happen. Ben’s McDougal’s entrepreneurial ventures include:

2004 | Iowa 3v3 Soccer Challenge <SOLD>
2006 | Jet Set Studio
2007 | The Hunt Zone <SOLD>
2012 | FliteBrite
2020 | OpenOpen
2021 | You Don’t Need This Book


Ben also caffeinates entrepreneurial ecosystems through the nationwide movement called 1 Million Cups. After leading the Des Moines community for 5 years, Ben now collaborates with the Kauffman Foundation as the @1MCMidwest Regional Rep. This leadership role connects and supports 1MC organizers from 50+ communities throughout 12 different states!


Alongside his work with the Kauffman Foundation, Ben joined Techstars as an Entrepreneur in Residence and Ecosystem Builder. This innovative role allows Ben to continue accelerating inspired founders while connecting mentors and investors from around the globe.


To visualize this work that Ben describes as career nirvana, visit the Museum. In addition to work that feels like play, Ben also enjoys travel, golf, EDM, reading, philosophy, wine, craft beer, pinball, poker and spending treasured time with his wife and daughter. May the best of your todays, be the worst of your tomorrows. Cheers!



Young Entrepreneur Convention 2019