CYstarters Alumni Award


As we wrap up the eighth CYstarters cohort, we want to invite all of our past alumni to attend the CYstarters Demo Day on August 1 from 3:00-5:00 PM at the ISU Research Park CORE Facility.

…but with a few surprises! 

We love the community and relationships that have grown since the inception of CYstarters (May 23rd, 2016, to be exact).

Entrepreneurship is a community sport.

PEOPLE are the center of an entrepreneurship ecosystem, which is something the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship values deeply.  What better way to support people than honoring our past alumni, who inspire the next set of student entrepreneurs every day!

We are excited to bring back the CYstarters Alumni Award!

What is it?  We will present two $2,500 awards to past participants/teams who have continuously made progress since participating in CYstarters!  All individuals who participated in CYstarters are eligible to apply (even for new/different businesses), and must apply no later than Monday, July 24, 2023.  The award will be judged upon business progress and future growth. 

CYstarters Alumni Award

Please submit by Monday, July 24th to be eligible.

  • Please type a 1-3 paragraph summary of your business, including a brief overview, sales revenue (including competitions, grants, and other outside investments), and timeline (launch date, etc.)
  • Please share 1 - 3 paragraphs with your key accomplishments, team/interns, and progress.
  • Please share 1-3 paragraphs about your near future plans (plans/goals for the next year).
    When: Thursday, August 1 from 3 - 5 p.m. Where: ISU Research Park CORE Facility Atrium (1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, IA 50010)