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Events

February 25, 2021
College-by-College Pitch Off Finale

College-by-College Pitch Off Finale February 25, 4-6:00 p.m. at the Student Innovation Center, LaunchPad The College-by-College Pitch Off Finale is limited to those who compete and qualify in the College-by-College Pitch Off. The top-two finishers in each category (new idea and existing business) will automatically qualify for the College-by-College Pitch…

College-by-College Pitch Off Finale February 25, 4-6:00 p.m. at the Student Innovation Center, LaunchPad The College-by-College Pitch Off Finale is limited to those who compete and qualify in the College-by-College Pitch Off. The top-two finishers in each category (new idea and existing business) will automatically qualify for the College-by-College Pitch…

College-by-College Pitch Off Finale February 25, 4-6:00 p.m. at the Student Innovation Center, LaunchPad The College-by-College Pitch Off Finale is limited to those who compete and qualify in the College-by-College Pitch Off. The top-two finishers in each category (new idea and existing business) will automatically qualify for the College-by-College Pitch…

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March 3, 2021
CYstarters Info Session

Want to learn more about the cornerstone program for young entrepreneurs at Iowa State? Attend the upcoming info session on all things CYstarters!  Diana Wright will be sharing specific details about the 11-week summer program, the application process, and answer any questions. Please register below to indicate your interest and…

Want to learn more about the cornerstone program for young entrepreneurs at Iowa State? Attend the upcoming info session on all things CYstarters!  Diana Wright will be sharing specific details about the 11-week summer program, the application process, and answer any questions. Please register below to indicate your interest and…

Want to learn more about the cornerstone program for young entrepreneurs at Iowa State? Attend the upcoming info session on all things CYstarters!  Diana Wright will be sharing specific details about the 11-week summer program, the application process, and answer any questions. Please register below to indicate your interest and…

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March 3, 2021
Iowa State I-Corps Program

Iowa State’s I-Corps Site program aims to embed a stronger and more pervasive culture of entrepreneurship and innovation across the entire campus community. The ISU I-Corps Site focuses on translating discoveries that reflect its strengths in engineering, biorenewables, materials science and agriculture, food and nutrition, and veterinary medicine. The program…

Iowa State’s I-Corps Site program aims to embed a stronger and more pervasive culture of entrepreneurship and innovation across the entire campus community. The ISU I-Corps Site focuses on translating discoveries that reflect its strengths in engineering, biorenewables, materials science and agriculture, food and nutrition, and veterinary medicine. The program…

Iowa State’s I-Corps Site program aims to embed a stronger and more pervasive culture of entrepreneurship and innovation across the entire campus community. The ISU I-Corps Site focuses on translating discoveries that reflect its strengths in engineering, biorenewables, materials science and agriculture, food and nutrition, and veterinary medicine. The program…

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Entrebold News

January 26, 2021
Entrebold: January Edition

Back for the Fourth Year: College-by-College Pitch Off The stakes are high – $22,500 in cash prizes!  Registration is now open for Iowa State students to compete in the College-by-College Pitch Off, hosted in all seven colleges. Students will have the chance to deliver a 90-second pitch for an idea…

Back for the Fourth Year: College-by-College Pitch Off The stakes are high – $22,500 in cash prizes!  Registration is now open for Iowa State students to compete in the College-by-College Pitch Off, hosted in all seven colleges. Students will have the chance to deliver a 90-second pitch for an idea…

Back for the Fourth Year: College-by-College Pitch Off The stakes are high – $22,500 in cash prizes!  Registration is now open for Iowa State students to compete in the College-by-College Pitch Off, hosted in all seven colleges. Students will have the chance to deliver a 90-second pitch for an idea…

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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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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