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The Efforts of Many Bring a Vision to Life

The Young Entrepreneur Convention is an annual business startup conference connecting successful founders with founders preparing to launch and scale.

Born of the vision of a group of young entrepreneurs led by Brandon T. Adams in 2015, the first Young Entrepreneur Convention was held in Des Moines, Iowa in April 2016 (photo of founding team, volunteers and speakers at bottom). That group of nearly a dozen motivated co-founders provided the initial spark.


Today, that legacy is carried on by Young Entrepreneur Convention co-founders Andrew Zalasky and Clayton Mooney. The duo shares a passion for supporting the startup community and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the convention.


Zalasky founded a pair of businesses in the summer of 2007 -- Hazel Creative and TAVi Health -- and has helped found a half dozen businesses since then. He brings a creative vision and a genuine love for working with others to his role. In his free time, Zalasky coaches high school basketbal and enjoys running.

Mooney is a co-founder and current board member of KinoSol and co-founder and CEO of Nebullam. Mooney is a driven founder and a willing mentor with a passion for startups. In 2019, he was a member of the founder team from Nebullam that was selected to the prestigious Y Combinator accelerator. In his free time, Mooney logs long miles on the trails as an aspiring ultramarathoner.

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