The ISU INNOVATION PRIZE is a new incentive competition at Iowa State University on the weekend of November 8-9, 2019. The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative are co-hosting the event. It will be held at the ISU Economic Development Core Facility in ISU Research Park. Address: 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, Iowa, 50010.
The competition theme for the third annual event is Innovation at Iowa State. There will be three focus areas for participants to solve:
During the event, participants will form in small groups, based on their interests and abilities, then choose one of the three Bold Challenges. Why small groups? With little to lose, entrepreneurial small teams are able to brainstorm and consistently outperform large groups when it comes to innovation. Incentive prizes are perfectly designed to harness this energy!
Featured Facilitator, Brian Hemesath
Brian Hemesath, a graduate of Iowa State University has been involved in the entrepreneurship and startup scene for many years. He is a computer engineer by education and has experience in sales and marketing. He is a serial entrepreneur, having started several companies including his current venture, VolunteerLocal. Hemesath was the inaugural director of the Global Insurance Accelerator and has worked on many previous startups including Tikly, Catchwind, Diligent IS, Handera, Doextra, and Raviant.
He loves sharing his business successes and failures as a mentor to the entrepreneurship community and has participated in several Startup Weekends in the past.
FREE to students, faculty, alumni, and community members.
BEST AgTech iPRIZE: $1,500
BEST EdTech iPRIZE: $1,500
BEST Global Impact iPRIZE: $1,500
SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEKEND
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8
4:00-5:00 p.m. Keynote speaker and founder of Board of Veriown Global, Steve Johanns, plus a sneak-peek inside Iowa State’s new Student Innovation Center
Note: This event is on-campus at MacKay 1117
5:30-6:00 p.m. Registration, Food + Networking at ISU Economic Development Core Facility
6:00 p.m. Kick-off
6:15-8:00 p.m. Creative Session
8:15-8:45 p.m. Team Formation
8:45 p.m. Team Kick-off + Active Work, Building closes at 11:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
8:00-9:00 a.m. Power Breakfast
9:00-10:15 a.m. Check-in Review
10:30-11:30 a.m. How to Pitch Like a Pro
11:30-12:00 p.m. Pitch Hot Seat
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:00-2:30 p.m. Pitch Refinement + Active Work
3:00-4:00 p.m. Final Presentations
4:00 p.m. Judges & Awards
Director for ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship & CyBIZ Lab
Marketing & Programs at the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, Connector + Organizer for Startup Ames
Rastetter Chair for Agricultural Entrepreneurship, Director of the ISU Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative
Senior Instructor at Ivy College of Business/Entrepreneurship Fellow at ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship
Program Coordinator at ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship
Owner of Nolan’s Lawn & Landscapes
FOR MORE INFORMATION…
Please contact: Diana Wright, ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship at email@example.com