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We believe that in the world of entrepreneurship, you have to think boldly. This is the Age of Entrepreneurship – start something today, and let’s work together. Gone are the days of going it alone. Entrepreneurs thrive best where they have communities to draw upon.

EntreBOLD is for you– to be inspired, to discover, to take action, scale, and to grow from.

ENTREBOLD NEWS

EntreBOLD: June Edition

We believe that in the world of entrepreneurship, you have to think boldly.  This is the Age of Entrepreneurship – start something today,…

Events

July 29, 2021
2021 CYstarters Demo Day

The 11–week intensive CYstarters program gives young entrepreneurs the time, funding, network of mentors, and skill-set development to start something while in college. As our sixth CYstarters summer accelerator program comes to a close, it’s time to put these student entrepreneurs front and center! Listen and learn more about each…

The 11–week intensive CYstarters program gives young entrepreneurs the time, funding, network of mentors, and skill-set development to start something while in college. As our sixth CYstarters summer accelerator program comes to a close, it’s time to put these student entrepreneurs front and center! Listen and learn more about each…

The 11–week intensive CYstarters program gives young entrepreneurs the time, funding, network of mentors, and skill-set development to start something while in college. As our sixth CYstarters summer accelerator program comes to a close, it’s time to put these student entrepreneurs front and center! Listen and learn more about each…

Event Details
September 28, 2021
Heartland Challenge Technology, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Summit

Welcome to the Heartland: where technology innovations are commercialized and entrepreneurs flourish!         The Heartland Challenge Technology, Commercialization & Entrepreneurship Summit brings together faculty, graduate students, technology transfer and entrepreneurship program staff, and entrepreneurs to share best practices, report on the Kauffman Challenge grant projects, and connect…

Welcome to the Heartland: where technology innovations are commercialized and entrepreneurs flourish!         The Heartland Challenge Technology, Commercialization & Entrepreneurship Summit brings together faculty, graduate students, technology transfer and entrepreneurship program staff, and entrepreneurs to share best practices, report on the Kauffman Challenge grant projects, and connect…

Welcome to the Heartland: where technology innovations are commercialized and entrepreneurs flourish!         The Heartland Challenge Technology, Commercialization & Entrepreneurship Summit brings together faculty, graduate students, technology transfer and entrepreneurship program staff, and entrepreneurs to share best practices, report on the Kauffman Challenge grant projects, and connect…

Event Details
October 9, 2021
Smart Start Workshop

SMART START WORKSHOP Saturday, October 9, 2021 Location: TBD Limited capacity at 40 participants The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and the Ames Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a “crash course” workshop for anyone who has ever considered starting a business.  You will learn…

SMART START WORKSHOP Saturday, October 9, 2021 Location: TBD Limited capacity at 40 participants The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and the Ames Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a “crash course” workshop for anyone who has ever considered starting a business.  You will learn…

SMART START WORKSHOP Saturday, October 9, 2021 Location: TBD Limited capacity at 40 participants The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and the Ames Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a “crash course” workshop for anyone who has ever considered starting a business.  You will learn…

Event Details

Entrebold News

July 7, 2021
EntreBOLD: July Edition

Our 2021 CYstarters Demo Day will take place on Thursday, July 29 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.!  As our sixth CYstarters summer accelerator program comes to a close, it’s time to put these student entrepreneurs front and center! Listen and learn more about each startup at Demo Day, when the 14 CYstarters founders will pitch their…

Our 2021 CYstarters Demo Day will take place on Thursday, July 29 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.!  As our sixth CYstarters summer accelerator program comes to a close, it’s time to put these student entrepreneurs front and center! Listen and learn more about each startup at Demo Day, when the 14 CYstarters founders will pitch their…

Our 2021 CYstarters Demo Day will take place on Thursday, July 29 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.!  As our sixth CYstarters summer accelerator program comes to a close, it’s time to put these student entrepreneurs front and center! Listen and learn more about each startup at Demo Day, when the 14 CYstarters founders will pitch their…

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June 30, 2021
Statewide Network of Pappajohn Centers receives $200,000 Kauffman Grant

Statewide Network of Pappajohn Centers receives $200,000 Kauffman Grant AMES, Iowa (June 30, 2021) – The statewide network of five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers in Iowa has received a $200,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to establish a mentoring program for entrepreneurs. The grant is part of the…

Statewide Network of Pappajohn Centers receives $200,000 Kauffman Grant AMES, Iowa (June 30, 2021) – The statewide network of five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers in Iowa has received a $200,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to establish a mentoring program for entrepreneurs. The grant is part of the…

Statewide Network of Pappajohn Centers receives $200,000 Kauffman Grant AMES, Iowa (June 30, 2021) – The statewide network of five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers in Iowa has received a $200,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to establish a mentoring program for entrepreneurs. The grant is part of the…

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June 21, 2021
EntreBOLD: June Edition

We believe that in the world of entrepreneurship, you have to think boldly.  This is the Age of Entrepreneurship – start something today, and let’s work together.  Gone are the days of going it alone.  Entrepreneurs thrive best where they have communities to draw upon.  The EntreBOLD newsletter is for you – to be…

We believe that in the world of entrepreneurship, you have to think boldly.  This is the Age of Entrepreneurship – start something today, and let’s work together.  Gone are the days of going it alone.  Entrepreneurs thrive best where they have communities to draw upon.  The EntreBOLD newsletter is for you – to be…

We believe that in the world of entrepreneurship, you have to think boldly.  This is the Age of Entrepreneurship – start something today, and let’s work together.  Gone are the days of going it alone.  Entrepreneurs thrive best where they have communities to draw upon.  The EntreBOLD newsletter is for you – to be…

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They Don't Want You To Know This...

But entrepreneurs are some of the most fascinating people. But why do we find them so fascinating?

  • Entrepreneurs Start something + take lead
  • Entrepreneurs Vision + create where they want to be + are open to the possibilities
  • Entrepreneurs Pursue their passions and don’t fall for normalcy.
  • Entrepreneurs Live a self-directed life + are committed to not give up
  • Entrepreneurs Succeed or fail fast—But one thing is for certain, they’re always learning

So whether you come from an entrepreneurial background or maybe you just learned how to spell entre-pre-neur,

We believe that an adventure in entrepreneurship is worth starting while at Iowa State.

Start Your Entrebold Adventure At ISU

Get to Know the Ames Entrepreneurial Landscape

It’s an exciting time for entrepreneurship in Ames…

Now, more than ever the resources, the minds + the ability to overcome, grow + be bold is apparent.

And guess what?

We would love to help you in anyway we can — whether it’s a connection within Iowa State, a live-case study for your business led by a student team, business counseling and training, or locating space within ISU Research Park.

Help us get to know you + where you fit in the entrepreneurial landscape in Ames!

Since 1996, the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship has helped fuel businesses in Iowa. We want to take you from “I have an idea” to “I run a million billion-dollar company.” And we know it’s possible.

To think boldly. Go big. And transform the world.

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers offer a comprehensive entrepreneurial program for learning.  My goal in establishing the centers is to educate and train adults and students to give them confidence…so that they can become successful entrepreneurs.

John Pappajohn Philanthropist & Founder and CEO of Equity Dynamics, Inc

The Pappajohn Center has been there for me and my business as I have gone through several pivots over the last two years. From teaching calligraphy workshops to now running a full-service creative design studio, I have found incredible mentorship, funding, and even collaboration opportunities working with their lovely staff as my business has grown and changed. They are always there to celebrate the successes, or help you work through all of the challenges that come along with running a startup!

Lauren Gifford Founder, Letter with Lauren Liz

To date, CYstarters has been the most pivotal move I’ve made in my professional life. My greatest passions, the majority of skillset, and even my current employment are ALL thanks to the people at the Pappajohn Center.

If you or someone you know is or will be attending ISU, CYstarters is a can’t-miss.

Jake Oswald Director of Marketing + Intrapreneurship
The atmosphere of entrepreneurial spirit is alive within the talent and resources of the ISU Pappajohn Center. The team at the ISU Pappajohn Center is always eager and very capable of offering assistance, especially during the early stages of new businesses.  We have also had the pleasure of working with CyBIZ Lab that is based at the Center, which has been a great resource of talented students for market research and business planning.  The connection with Iowa State University students, for internships, as well as faculty that support the entrepreneurial spirit of new businesses, isa great asset for any business that establishes their initial roots here.
Kevin Maher Founder of GlobalVetLink & VetMeasure