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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.

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Events

August 18, 2022
Iowa G2M Joint Development Agreements 101 Panel

What are the key issues and considerations for entering into, negotiating, and executing a Joint Development Agreement? Join us at ISU Research Park Building #4 on Thursday, August 18 from 2-4 p.m. to find out! Joint Development Agreements (JDAs) set the terms/conditions for parties to work together/collaborate to develop a particular…

What are the key issues and considerations for entering into, negotiating, and executing a Joint Development Agreement? Join us at ISU Research Park Building #4 on Thursday, August 18 from 2-4 p.m. to find out! Joint Development Agreements (JDAs) set the terms/conditions for parties to work together/collaborate to develop a particular…

What are the key issues and considerations for entering into, negotiating, and executing a Joint Development Agreement? Join us at ISU Research Park Building #4 on Thursday, August 18 from 2-4 p.m. to find out! Joint Development Agreements (JDAs) set the terms/conditions for parties to work together/collaborate to develop a particular…

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September 21, 2022
The Journey to Your Vision Seminar

Every business faces peaks and valleys as they progress through stages of growth. Do you know what stage your business is in and how you can reach the next level? Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa presents The Journey to Your Vision Seminar! Attend this valuable one-day seminar to help…

Every business faces peaks and valleys as they progress through stages of growth. Do you know what stage your business is in and how you can reach the next level? Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa presents The Journey to Your Vision Seminar! Attend this valuable one-day seminar to help…

Every business faces peaks and valleys as they progress through stages of growth. Do you know what stage your business is in and how you can reach the next level? Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa presents The Journey to Your Vision Seminar! Attend this valuable one-day seminar to help…

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September 30, 2022
ISU Innovation Prize

One Weekend, 3 Bold Challenges, An Abundance of Rewards Friday, September 30 – Saturday, October 1, 2022 The ISU Innovation Prize is an incentive competition at Iowa State University on the weekend of September 30 – October 1, 2022.  The Iowa State Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and Start Something –…

One Weekend, 3 Bold Challenges, An Abundance of Rewards Friday, September 30 – Saturday, October 1, 2022 The ISU Innovation Prize is an incentive competition at Iowa State University on the weekend of September 30 – October 1, 2022.  The Iowa State Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and Start Something –…

One Weekend, 3 Bold Challenges, An Abundance of Rewards Friday, September 30 – Saturday, October 1, 2022 The ISU Innovation Prize is an incentive competition at Iowa State University on the weekend of September 30 – October 1, 2022.  The Iowa State Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and Start Something –…

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Entrebold News

August 1, 2022
CYstarters Cohort 7 Demo Day Recap

by Samantha Dilocker, ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship CYstarters’ Seventh Cohort Comes to a Close Thursday, July 28, our seventh CYstarters summer accelerator program came to a close. On July 28, we held Demo Day, where each student pitched their business to community supporters, alumni, faculty and staff, and even……

by Samantha Dilocker, ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship CYstarters’ Seventh Cohort Comes to a Close Thursday, July 28, our seventh CYstarters summer accelerator program came to a close. On July 28, we held Demo Day, where each student pitched their business to community supporters, alumni, faculty and staff, and even……

by Samantha Dilocker, ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship CYstarters’ Seventh Cohort Comes to a Close Thursday, July 28, our seventh CYstarters summer accelerator program came to a close. On July 28, we held Demo Day, where each student pitched their business to community supporters, alumni, faculty and staff, and even……

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July 5, 2022
EntreBOLD: July Edition

Meet CYstarters’ seventh cohort, RSVP for Demo Day, and so. much. more. all in this edition of EntreBOLD!

Meet CYstarters’ seventh cohort, RSVP for Demo Day, and so. much. more. all in this edition of EntreBOLD!

Meet CYstarters’ seventh cohort, RSVP for Demo Day, and so. much. more. all in this edition of EntreBOLD!

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June 28, 2022
Cyclones collaborate: CYstarter joins forces with industrial design students

By: Samantha Dilocker, Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship CYstarters cohort 7 member Micah Walker has joined forces this summer with two industrial design students to create a prototype of his first Stratus Throws throwing shoe. CYstarter Micah Walker (senior majoring in entrepreneurship) is a member of the Iowa State University Track…

By: Samantha Dilocker, Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship CYstarters cohort 7 member Micah Walker has joined forces this summer with two industrial design students to create a prototype of his first Stratus Throws throwing shoe. CYstarter Micah Walker (senior majoring in entrepreneurship) is a member of the Iowa State University Track…

By: Samantha Dilocker, Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship CYstarters cohort 7 member Micah Walker has joined forces this summer with two industrial design students to create a prototype of his first Stratus Throws throwing shoe. CYstarter Micah Walker (senior majoring in entrepreneurship) is a member of the Iowa State University Track…

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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!

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.

 

Here to help you get started.

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