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Entrepreneurship is
innovation in action.

Get your startup off the ground. Connect with real-world entrepreneurs. Take business training courses. Whatever you want when it comes to entrepreneurship, the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is here for you.

Get Involved

Since 1996, we’ve been helping entrepreneurs across the state succeed, including Iowa State students, faculty, and alumni along with Iowan innovators and business owners. From our entrepreneurship-focused programs like CYstarters, to friendly competitions like our College-by-College Pitch Off, to resources like our ISU Startup Factory incubator and more, here you can find tools and support to help you engage your inner innovator.

And since we’re part of Iowa State’s Start Something Network, you can be confident that you’ll always have access to the latest in innovation opportunities.

Here to help you get started.

Maybe you’re an aspiring business owner who wants help with a business plan. Maybe you’re a faculty member who wants to learn how to bring out your innovative side. Maybe you’re a student who’s not even sure what entrepreneurship is all about, but you’re intrigued. Whatever stage you’re in, at the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, we’re here to help.

Contact Us

You can email us at info@isupjcenter.org. Or call us at 515-296-6532. Or see us during office hours.

Because if you can dream it, we can help you do it. Even if you’re not quite sure what “it” is just yet.

Events

November 29, 2022
Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference | Pitch Competion

Attendees of the 2022 Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference are invited to participate in a VIRTUAL pitch competition to allow veteran business owners to pitch their businesses to a panel of judges for cash prizes. During this exciting competition, prize money totaling $4,500 and a subscription to LivePlan (business plan software,…

Attendees of the 2022 Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference are invited to participate in a VIRTUAL pitch competition to allow veteran business owners to pitch their businesses to a panel of judges for cash prizes. During this exciting competition, prize money totaling $4,500 and a subscription to LivePlan (business plan software,…

Attendees of the 2022 Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference are invited to participate in a VIRTUAL pitch competition to allow veteran business owners to pitch their businesses to a panel of judges for cash prizes. During this exciting competition, prize money totaling $4,500 and a subscription to LivePlan (business plan software,…

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December 6, 2022
ISU Startup Factory & G2M Showcase

Calling all Startup Factory and Iowa G2M alumni, founders, mentors, and startup community supporters! Join us on Tuesday, December 6, to hear from ISU Startup Factory Cohort XII and Iowa G2M Accelerator Cohort II for an exciting Demo Day event! Following founder presentations, stick around for a fun networking reception…

Calling all Startup Factory and Iowa G2M alumni, founders, mentors, and startup community supporters! Join us on Tuesday, December 6, to hear from ISU Startup Factory Cohort XII and Iowa G2M Accelerator Cohort II for an exciting Demo Day event! Following founder presentations, stick around for a fun networking reception…

Calling all Startup Factory and Iowa G2M alumni, founders, mentors, and startup community supporters! Join us on Tuesday, December 6, to hear from ISU Startup Factory Cohort XII and Iowa G2M Accelerator Cohort II for an exciting Demo Day event! Following founder presentations, stick around for a fun networking reception…

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December 9, 2022
Sandler Sales Bootcamp

Join us on Friday, December 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to explore the 7-step selling system that keeps you in control while giving your buyer choices each step of the way! During the Sandler Sales Bootcamp, you’ll learn how to: • Stop free consulting • Shorten your sales cycle • Learn…

Join us on Friday, December 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to explore the 7-step selling system that keeps you in control while giving your buyer choices each step of the way! During the Sandler Sales Bootcamp, you’ll learn how to: • Stop free consulting • Shorten your sales cycle • Learn…

Join us on Friday, December 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to explore the 7-step selling system that keeps you in control while giving your buyer choices each step of the way! During the Sandler Sales Bootcamp, you’ll learn how to: • Stop free consulting • Shorten your sales cycle • Learn…

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News

November 21, 2022
Start Something Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Ivy College of Business host inaugural Food Insecurity Challenge

The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Ivy College of Business Start Something programs co-hosted the first Food Insecurity Challenge, which invited students of all disciplines to devise a solution to combat food insecurity in Iowa. The Food Insecurity Challenge began on Tuesday, November 1,…

The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Ivy College of Business Start Something programs co-hosted the first Food Insecurity Challenge, which invited students of all disciplines to devise a solution to combat food insecurity in Iowa. The Food Insecurity Challenge began on Tuesday, November 1,…

The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Ivy College of Business Start Something programs co-hosted the first Food Insecurity Challenge, which invited students of all disciplines to devise a solution to combat food insecurity in Iowa. The Food Insecurity Challenge began on Tuesday, November 1,…

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November 9, 2022
EntreBOLD: November Edition

Pappajohn Center receives Nasdaq Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, accompanies students to CEO conference, and so. much. more. all in this edition of EntreBOLD.

Pappajohn Center receives Nasdaq Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, accompanies students to CEO conference, and so. much. more. all in this edition of EntreBOLD.

Pappajohn Center receives Nasdaq Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, accompanies students to CEO conference, and so. much. more. all in this edition of EntreBOLD.

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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!

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