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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.

 

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Events

May 24, 2022
Startup Factory Pitch Day Event

After 18-weeks of hard work, the ISU Startup Factory is thrilled to invite you to Cohort XI’s Pitch Day event! Join us on May 24 from 5-7 pm in the Gerdin Business Building Kingland Hub to hear from the nine founders for an evening of pitching and networking as they launch their startups. A…

After 18-weeks of hard work, the ISU Startup Factory is thrilled to invite you to Cohort XI’s Pitch Day event! Join us on May 24 from 5-7 pm in the Gerdin Business Building Kingland Hub to hear from the nine founders for an evening of pitching and networking as they launch their startups. A…

After 18-weeks of hard work, the ISU Startup Factory is thrilled to invite you to Cohort XI’s Pitch Day event! Join us on May 24 from 5-7 pm in the Gerdin Business Building Kingland Hub to hear from the nine founders for an evening of pitching and networking as they launch their startups. A…

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May 26, 2022
CYstarters 2022 Community Kickoff

It’s all about community as we kick off the seventh summer for CYstarters! Entrepreneurs thrive best where they have communities to draw upon–that’s why we know how special the Ames’ entrepreneurial community (and beyond Ames) is to programs like CYstarters.  We not only invite you to virtually meet the student…

It’s all about community as we kick off the seventh summer for CYstarters! Entrepreneurs thrive best where they have communities to draw upon–that’s why we know how special the Ames’ entrepreneurial community (and beyond Ames) is to programs like CYstarters.  We not only invite you to virtually meet the student…

It’s all about community as we kick off the seventh summer for CYstarters! Entrepreneurs thrive best where they have communities to draw upon–that’s why we know how special the Ames’ entrepreneurial community (and beyond Ames) is to programs like CYstarters.  We not only invite you to virtually meet the student…

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June 6, 2022
Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference

Join us June 6-7, 2022, to join fellow Veterans and supporters in learning more about navigating entrepreneurship. The Iowa Veteran’s Entrepreneurship Conference, co-hosted by Home Base Iowa, America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Iowa and the Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, offers workshops and resources for Veterans and…

Join us June 6-7, 2022, to join fellow Veterans and supporters in learning more about navigating entrepreneurship. The Iowa Veteran’s Entrepreneurship Conference, co-hosted by Home Base Iowa, America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Iowa and the Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, offers workshops and resources for Veterans and…

Join us June 6-7, 2022, to join fellow Veterans and supporters in learning more about navigating entrepreneurship. The Iowa Veteran’s Entrepreneurship Conference, co-hosted by Home Base Iowa, America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Iowa and the Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, offers workshops and resources for Veterans and…

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Entrebold News

April 29, 2022
Start Something Entrepreneurs Toolkit Series | What I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Business

Not their first rodeo. Hear from a panel of entrepreneurs on what they wish they knew before starting their businesses! We collected a few cliff notes from our “What I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Business” session just in case you couldn’t make it, but we’ve linked the recording…

Not their first rodeo. Hear from a panel of entrepreneurs on what they wish they knew before starting their businesses! We collected a few cliff notes from our “What I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Business” session just in case you couldn’t make it, but we’ve linked the recording…

Not their first rodeo. Hear from a panel of entrepreneurs on what they wish they knew before starting their businesses! We collected a few cliff notes from our “What I Wish I Knew Before I Started My Business” session just in case you couldn’t make it, but we’ve linked the recording…

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April 25, 2022
Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference Offers Entrepreneurship Training and Resources for Veterans

SUMMER CONFERENCE OFFERS ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING AND RESOURCES FOR VETERANS AMES, Iowa (April 20, 2022) – Are you a Veteran planning to start or grow your own small business? There are a few basic things you must know to get started down a path to success. Home Base Iowa, America’s Small…

SUMMER CONFERENCE OFFERS ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING AND RESOURCES FOR VETERANS AMES, Iowa (April 20, 2022) – Are you a Veteran planning to start or grow your own small business? There are a few basic things you must know to get started down a path to success. Home Base Iowa, America’s Small…

SUMMER CONFERENCE OFFERS ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING AND RESOURCES FOR VETERANS AMES, Iowa (April 20, 2022) – Are you a Veteran planning to start or grow your own small business? There are a few basic things you must know to get started down a path to success. Home Base Iowa, America’s Small…

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April 21, 2022
Former Startup Factory company, Brainsoft, Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation

Brainsoft is Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Program Provides Seed Funding for R&D AMES, IOWA, APRIL 12 – BRAINSOFT LLC has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $256,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) work…

Brainsoft is Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Program Provides Seed Funding for R&D AMES, IOWA, APRIL 12 – BRAINSOFT LLC has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $256,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) work…

Brainsoft is Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Program Provides Seed Funding for R&D AMES, IOWA, APRIL 12 – BRAINSOFT LLC has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $256,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) work…

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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