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We believe that in the world of entrepreneurship, you have to think boldly.   Now more than ever, there is a rising star that points 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

April 19, 2021
Coffee and Entrepreneurship Chats with the Hanstad Brothers

Enjoy your morning cup of coffee with Nicholas and Michael Hanstad. These brothers have founded multiple companies and are going to talk about their entrepreneurial journey during this hour-long conversation. Free coffee included! A small group of guests will be able to join in person to ask Nicholas and Michael…

Enjoy your morning cup of coffee with Nicholas and Michael Hanstad. These brothers have founded multiple companies and are going to talk about their entrepreneurial journey during this hour-long conversation. Free coffee included! A small group of guests will be able to join in person to ask Nicholas and Michael…

Enjoy your morning cup of coffee with Nicholas and Michael Hanstad. These brothers have founded multiple companies and are going to talk about their entrepreneurial journey during this hour-long conversation. Free coffee included! A small group of guests will be able to join in person to ask Nicholas and Michael…

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April 19, 2021
Improv Pitch Competition

NEW THIS YEAR! Improvise and win money! Unlike our other pitch competitions, this one requires no preparation or thought-out business ideas. The day before the competition, we will share a prompt (a random topic) with you. You’ll have under 24 hours to come up with a related business idea or…

NEW THIS YEAR! Improvise and win money! Unlike our other pitch competitions, this one requires no preparation or thought-out business ideas. The day before the competition, we will share a prompt (a random topic) with you. You’ll have under 24 hours to come up with a related business idea or…

NEW THIS YEAR! Improvise and win money! Unlike our other pitch competitions, this one requires no preparation or thought-out business ideas. The day before the competition, we will share a prompt (a random topic) with you. You’ll have under 24 hours to come up with a related business idea or…

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April 19, 2021
Calligraphy and Entrepreneurship Chat with Lauren Gifford of Letter with Lauren Liz

Learn the basics of brush calligraphy while hearing about Lauren’s entrepreneurial journey. In the span of a few years, Lauren has gone from a hand lettering hobbyist to popular YouTuber to mural artist. She has painted murals for wedding venues, small businesses, cities, and our very own Student Innovation Center!…

Learn the basics of brush calligraphy while hearing about Lauren’s entrepreneurial journey. In the span of a few years, Lauren has gone from a hand lettering hobbyist to popular YouTuber to mural artist. She has painted murals for wedding venues, small businesses, cities, and our very own Student Innovation Center!…

Learn the basics of brush calligraphy while hearing about Lauren’s entrepreneurial journey. In the span of a few years, Lauren has gone from a hand lettering hobbyist to popular YouTuber to mural artist. She has painted murals for wedding venues, small businesses, cities, and our very own Student Innovation Center!…

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Entrebold News

April 15, 2021
Start Something Side Hustle Series: Technical Freelance & Consulting

For the Engineers and Midnight Coders –  Learn how to talk tech and talk human in the technical consulting world (yes, there’s a lot of opportunities)! #1 Develop your niche or specialty and consider doing freelance work free of charge to gain experience #2 Set up your platform — develop your own…

For the Engineers and Midnight Coders –  Learn how to talk tech and talk human in the technical consulting world (yes, there’s a lot of opportunities)! #1 Develop your niche or specialty and consider doing freelance work free of charge to gain experience #2 Set up your platform — develop your own…

For the Engineers and Midnight Coders –  Learn how to talk tech and talk human in the technical consulting world (yes, there’s a lot of opportunities)! #1 Develop your niche or specialty and consider doing freelance work free of charge to gain experience #2 Set up your platform — develop your own…

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April 8, 2021
Start Something Side Hustle Series: Thrift Store Flipping to Drop Shipping

For the Savvy Shoppers and Trend Setters – It’s all about finding the treasures and taking it to the marketplace!  Discover the niche worlds of collectibles, fashion labels, and turning someone’s junk into treasure. #1 When selecting items, consider the quality of the item, profit potential, current market price, and…

For the Savvy Shoppers and Trend Setters – It’s all about finding the treasures and taking it to the marketplace!  Discover the niche worlds of collectibles, fashion labels, and turning someone’s junk into treasure. #1 When selecting items, consider the quality of the item, profit potential, current market price, and…

For the Savvy Shoppers and Trend Setters – It’s all about finding the treasures and taking it to the marketplace!  Discover the niche worlds of collectibles, fashion labels, and turning someone’s junk into treasure. #1 When selecting items, consider the quality of the item, profit potential, current market price, and…

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April 2, 2021
Start Something Side Hustle Series: How to Sell on Etsy & Get Noticed

For the Artists, Crafters, and Makers –  Already established your craft?  This is your guide to selling on Etsy and what to consider once you get your first sale! #1 Etsy has a low barrier for entry, go for it Etsy can be a good fit for your business, but keep…

For the Artists, Crafters, and Makers –  Already established your craft?  This is your guide to selling on Etsy and what to consider once you get your first sale! #1 Etsy has a low barrier for entry, go for it Etsy can be a good fit for your business, but keep…

For the Artists, Crafters, and Makers –  Already established your craft?  This is your guide to selling on Etsy and what to consider once you get your first sale! #1 Etsy has a low barrier for entry, go for it Etsy can be a good fit for your business, but keep…

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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