The ISU INNOVATION PRIZE is a new incentive competition at Iowa State University on the weekend of April 5-6, 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!
David Tominsky is an entrepreneur and community builder based in Cedar Rapids Iowa. He is currently serving as the Managing Director of the Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA). Tominsky had a 15-year career in the technical staffing industry before joining the ISA in 2014. His work involved recruiting highly skilled technical talent for critical positions in Iowa-based companies.
As a leader in the local startup community, he’s organized events like Iowa’s Creative Corridor Open Coffee Series, BarcampICR, Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids, Startup Weekend Iowa City, 1 Million Cups, Caine’s Arcade Global Cardboard Challenge, and many events during Global Entrepreneurship Week and Computer Science Education Week.
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, APRIL 5
4:00-5:00p.m. Keynote speaker & serial entrepreneur, Brian McClendon + a sneak-peek inside Iowa State’s new Student Innovation Center
Note: This event is on-campus at Howe Hall – Alliant Energy/Lee Liu Auditorium.
5:30-6:00p.m. Registration, Food + Networking at ISU Core Facility
6:00p.m. Kick-off with Dave Tominsky
6:15-8:00p.m. Creative Session
8:15-8:45p.m. Team Formation
8:45p.m. Team Kick-off + Active Work, Building closes at 11:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6
8:00-9:00a.m. Power Breakfast
9:00-10:15a.m. Check-in Review
10:30-11:30a.m. How to Pitch Like a Pro
11:30-12:00p.m. Pitch Hot Seat
12:00-2:30p.m. Pitch Refinement + Active Work
3:00-4:00p.m. Final Presentations
4:00p.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
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FOR MORE INFORMATION…
Please contact: Diana Wright, ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship at firstname.lastname@example.org