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Events

February 8, 2021
Pitch Workshop

Pitch Workshop Craft your 90-second elevator pitch for the upcoming pitch competitions at Iowa State & beyond!  Throughout the workshop, you’ll learn how to quickly and effectively tell your story to any audience. While you’re at it…make sure you’re registered for the College by College Pitch Off in February.

Pitch Workshop Craft your 90-second elevator pitch for the upcoming pitch competitions at Iowa State & beyond!  Throughout the workshop, you’ll learn how to quickly and effectively tell your story to any audience. While you’re at it…make sure you’re registered for the College by College Pitch Off in February.

Pitch Workshop Craft your 90-second elevator pitch for the upcoming pitch competitions at Iowa State & beyond!  Throughout the workshop, you’ll learn how to quickly and effectively tell your story to any audience. While you’re at it…make sure you’re registered for the College by College Pitch Off in February.

Event Details
February 10, 2021
College-by-College Pitch Off: Ivy College of Business

The College-by-College Pitch Off is back!  The event takes place in all seven colleges at Iowa State University.  Students will have the chance to deliver a 90-second pitch about an idea or business they are working on to a panel of judges for cash prizes.  In addition to a cash…

The College-by-College Pitch Off is back!  The event takes place in all seven colleges at Iowa State University.  Students will have the chance to deliver a 90-second pitch about an idea or business they are working on to a panel of judges for cash prizes.  In addition to a cash…

The College-by-College Pitch Off is back!  The event takes place in all seven colleges at Iowa State University.  Students will have the chance to deliver a 90-second pitch about an idea or business they are working on to a panel of judges for cash prizes.  In addition to a cash…

Event Details
February 11, 2021
College-by-College Pitch Off: College of Design

The College-by-College Pitch Off is back!  The event takes place in all seven colleges at Iowa State University.  Students will have the chance to deliver a 90-second pitch about an idea or business they are working on to a panel of judges for cash prizes.  In addition to a cash…

The College-by-College Pitch Off is back!  The event takes place in all seven colleges at Iowa State University.  Students will have the chance to deliver a 90-second pitch about an idea or business they are working on to a panel of judges for cash prizes.  In addition to a cash…

The College-by-College Pitch Off is back!  The event takes place in all seven colleges at Iowa State University.  Students will have the chance to deliver a 90-second pitch about an idea or business they are working on to a panel of judges for cash prizes.  In addition to a cash…

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Entrebold News

January 22, 2021
ISU Pappajohn Center rounds out team to support entrepreneurship at Iowa State

The Pappajohn Center welcomes new team members, announces other appointments within its innovative and impactful programs. AMES, Iowa (January 22, 2021) – The Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship today announced three new hires and other appointments to its team to help support and drive innovation and entrepreneurship programming…

The Pappajohn Center welcomes new team members, announces other appointments within its innovative and impactful programs. AMES, Iowa (January 22, 2021) – The Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship today announced three new hires and other appointments to its team to help support and drive innovation and entrepreneurship programming…

The Pappajohn Center welcomes new team members, announces other appointments within its innovative and impactful programs. AMES, Iowa (January 22, 2021) – The Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship today announced three new hires and other appointments to its team to help support and drive innovation and entrepreneurship programming…

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January 20, 2021
Peter Hong named new director of ISU Startup Factory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Peter Hong named the new director of ISU Startup Factory program ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship welcomes Hong to the Startup Factory program, part of the Center’s program offerings and services which support Iowa’s entrepreneurs. AMES, Iowa (Jan. 20, 2021) – The Iowa State University Pappajohn Center…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Peter Hong named the new director of ISU Startup Factory program ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship welcomes Hong to the Startup Factory program, part of the Center’s program offerings and services which support Iowa’s entrepreneurs. AMES, Iowa (Jan. 20, 2021) – The Iowa State University Pappajohn Center…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Peter Hong named the new director of ISU Startup Factory program ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship welcomes Hong to the Startup Factory program, part of the Center’s program offerings and services which support Iowa’s entrepreneurs. AMES, Iowa (Jan. 20, 2021) – The Iowa State University Pappajohn Center…

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January 20, 2021
Announcing the 2020 Women Who Create Scholarship Winners

About the Women Who Create Scholarship The Women Who Create Scholarship Award was established in fall 2020 as part of the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship’s effort to continue to support, help, and celebrate women entrepreneurs through the Women Who Create programming.  Special thanks to the Ivy College of Business and…

About the Women Who Create Scholarship The Women Who Create Scholarship Award was established in fall 2020 as part of the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship’s effort to continue to support, help, and celebrate women entrepreneurs through the Women Who Create programming.  Special thanks to the Ivy College of Business and…

About the Women Who Create Scholarship The Women Who Create Scholarship Award was established in fall 2020 as part of the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship’s effort to continue to support, help, and celebrate women entrepreneurs through the Women Who Create programming.  Special thanks to the Ivy College of Business and…

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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