This story is part of a series featuring each of the fourteen startups in the CYstarters 2021 summer cohort. Each team has the opportunity to focus on their startup or business idea while receiving $6,500 or up to $13,000, along with mentorship, accountability, and educational sessions on how to build a business.
By Samantha Dilocker, ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship
Founded by Iowa State University student Jackson Bishop, Infinite Stories is a platform for authors to connect, receive feedback, and gain exposure on their work in a centralized location.
Education: Entrepreneurship major at Iowa State
Passionate about: Problem solving, innovation and sports of all kind
Most recently I: Connected with published authors and a publishing company
Currently working on: Infinite Stories
When did you start working on Infinite Stories?
In July of 2020! I was inspired by a podcast to provide a platform for aspiring or amateur authors to publish their work and receive feedback from their peers.
Have you always seen yourself starting something?
Yes, 100%. When I was 16, I created a waffle business and I mowed lawns. It’s always been something.
Why Infinite Stories?
I found passion within the writing industry after I formed my initial idea, which gave me motivation to pursue it as a business.
How have you grown since you started?
Personally, I’ve become a lot more goal-oriented and learned new skills like pitching and networking. I’ve become more outgoing and a stronger professional.
What future milestones would you like to hit?
I want to hold a formal beta test and receive feedback, and next, have a sale to a class.
What is the biggest challenge you face each day?
Creating and completing tasks on a timeline with outside partners can be a challenge, for sure.
How has entrepreneurship at Iowa State impacted you?
It’s shaped my entire college career! It’s made me feel supported. I felt alone prior to coming to Iowa State, and being around like-minded people has really propelled me forward.
What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student?
Take risks! Don’t be afraid to talk to anyone. You never know how they can help you.
Where are you headed? And how would you invite others to join you?
I’m headed for a lifetime of ideation. I invite others to join me by instituting an entrepreneurial mindset.