RSVP: Food Insecurity Challenge – October 23, 2023

Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, Ivy College of Business, and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Unite for Food Insecurity Challenge

Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with the Ivy College of Business and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, presents the second annual Food Insecurity Challenge; a community-wide event aimed at addressing critical issues surrounding food insecurity. This unique challenge invites students and local community members from diverse disciplines to form teams and create innovative solutions to this global issue.

Event Kick-off Details:

Date: October 23, 2023

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Gerdin Business Building, Kingland Hub, 2167 Union Drive, Ames, IA 50011

How Does the Food Insecurity Challenge Work?

The event begins with a Hunger Banquet where a local food insecurity expert will shed light on the pressing issues of local and global food poverty. The speaker will touch on topics such as food quality vs. food quantity, food pantries, rural food insecurity, and food waste.

Following the Hunger Banquet, participants form small teams to begin brainstorming solutions to the issues presented. Participants can attend with a team or as an individual. Individuals will have the opportunity to join a team based on the ideas presented.

Teams have two weeks to develop the solutions they will pitch to a panel of judges. Between kick-off and final presentations, teams will participate in a 30-minute Zoom mentoring session with experts in the related field to perfect their pitch decks and presentations. One member of each team must be present for the session to be eligible for the final prize. At the end of the two weeks, students will present their solutions in a concise 4-minute pitch accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation.

Final Presentation Details:

Date: November 6th, 2023

Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Memorial Union, 2229 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50014

A total of $9,000 in cash prizes will be split among the three teams with the best ideas to address global or local food poverty. First place – $5,000, second place – $2,500, and third place – $1,500.

The Food Insecurity Challenge is an opportunity for participants to make an impact on pressing global issues while honing their entrepreneurial skills. It showcases the power of collaboration and innovation in addressing some of society’s most critical challenges.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated. For more information and to register for the event, visit Questions can be directed to the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship at 515-296-6754 or