2019 Best Tech Startups in Des Moines

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Des Moines, Iowa. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Dwolla


Founded: 2008

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“At Dwolla, our team is focused on building the ideal platform to move money. Businesses of all sizes trust the Dwolla Platform to connect them to the U.S. banking system.

As one of the fastest growing technology companies in Des Moines, Dwolla has been recognized nationally by Fast Company as ‘one of the world’s most innovative companies.’ Joining the team at Dwolla means you will be entering a unique, open, and fast-paced working environment, located right in downtown Des Moines. You will join our team in building the ideal API to move money, giving businesses the tools they need to access the ACH network and improve their payments process.”

2. Gain Compliance

gain compliance

Founded: 2016

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“U.S.-based insurance carriers are tasked with making accurate and timely filings to regulators. The sheer volume of data reported – often confounded by operational complexity and legacy IT systems – makes this a formidable task.

Gain Compliance is building tools for insurers to improve efficiency and accuracy in their regulatory compliance reporting.

We are an early-stage company located in Des Moines, Iowa. Founded in 2016 by compliance software veterans, Gain Compliance leverages the latest design and development techniques to build products specifically for NAIC reporting.”

3. Denim


Founded: 2015

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Des Moines

“Your Marketing. Smarter. Denim® is reimagining the way insurance and financial services companies market, engage, and sell with data-driven technology. Schedule a demo and learn more at”

4. Certintell, Inc.

Certintell, Inc.

Founded: 2014

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Des Moines

“Telehealth for the underserved and the providers that serve them. Partnering with Federally Qualified Health Centers, patient-centered medical homes and associated health systems to deliver clinically meaningful care to underserved patients anywhere, anytime.”

5. UpCraft Club

upcraft club

Founded: 2015

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Des Moines

“UpCraft Club is a digital product marketplace that has pioneered a way for physical retailers to sell downloadable and streamable products without inventory costs. The patent pending technology is being introduced first in the sewing and crafting industry with the first paperless sewing system launching in late 2018.”

6. Pitchly


Founded: 2014

“Pitchly is a web-based content service platform for M&A professionals to organize and activate their client experience. Customers can create and manage a custom experience database to record experience data points and documents. Data can be activated by connecting applications from our library to automatically create business development experience credential content for proposals, websites, and RFPs. Pitchly can create a self-contained database or be connected to an existing custom database using our API integrations.”

7. Smart Drivinc

Smart Drivinc

Founded: 2016

“Smart Drivinc™ is focused on reducing the incidence of distracted driving, primarily use of cell phone while driving. With more than 26% of all auto accidents each year, distracted driving is a social epidemic. Our core platform is smart, affordable and configurable with real time tamper alerts. Visit for more details.”

8. ClinicNote


Founded: 2015

“ClinicNote is a Practice Management and Electronic Medical Record software for Speech-Language Pathologists that streamlines their therapy and insurance documentation.”