Upcoming Events

Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference

Date & Time Friday, May 3 - Saturday, May 4 3:30pm-5:00pm
Location Pivot Bio Customer Success Center - 2600 S Loop Dr., Ames, Iowa 50010
Contact info@isupjcenter.org


Join us May 3-4, 2024, at the Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference .  The conference will offer a supportive environment for veterans, active duty, reserve military, National Guard,  military families and business partners to explore entrepreneurship. Co-hosted by America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Iowa and the Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, and sponsored by Iowa State University Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business and Bergstrom Family Foundation, this event provides tailored workshops, networking, and resources. Join us to connect with peers, gain insights from experts, and elevate your entrepreneurial endeavors. Attendees will go away with an all-new community of friends, supporters, and valuable connections. 

We are proud to announce Allen Lazard, NFL player and founder of At the Top for Vets, as our keynote speaker. Thanks to Allen’s foundation, registration cost is free for veterans, military personnel, their families, and business partners.


Virtual Pitch Workshop (included, optional) Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception (included, optional) Friday, May 3, 2024, 5:00 – 7 p.m.

Two Pitch Competitions (included, optional) May 3 – 4, 2024

Conference May 4, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Who should attend: Veterans, active duty, reserve military, National Guard, military families and business partners
COMPLIMENTARY registration thanks to the generous support of Allen Lazard and his foundation – At the Top for Vets.

Learn about topics such as:

  • Starting a Business
  • Financing Your Venture
  • Branding Basics
  • Insurance for Small Business
  • Legal Aspects and Accounting
  • Marketing Strategies for a Startup / Small Business

Connect with:

  • Small Business Resources
  • On-site Advisors
  • Peers and Experts

Additional Information for Attendees

Hotel Information Pitch Competition Information Conference and Travel Assistance

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