Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference Invited Speakers Portal

Thank you for committing your time as a speaker at the 2022 Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference, co-hosted by Home Base Iowa, America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Iowa, and the Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. The conference will provide workshops and resources for Veterans and their families looking to acquire powerful new skills to achieve next levels of entrepreneurial success. The one-day conference on June 7 (with Welcome Reception on June 6) in Ames, Iowa, will include keynote sessions and educational breakout sessions focusing on starting a business, growing an existing business, or looking to connect with an all-new community of friends, supporters and valuable connections. We expect the conference to draw an attendance of 200 interested entrepreneurs.

Our first-class line-up of speakers will allow our attendees to hear about and experience educational, informative, and innovative topics relevant to entrepreneurial Veterans and military personnel.

Our speakers are a mix of successful entrepreneurs and professionals with expertise in their respective fields. Speakers will share entrepreneurial experiences, wisdom, and specific relevant and timely content related to or based around entrepreneurship and provide how-to’s and real-world applications that attendees will be able to immediately apply to their entrepreneurial lives and futures.

Session Formats:

  • Keynote Sessions: These sessions are typically 90 minutes in total length featuring up to three different presenters, each for approximately 25 minutes with 5 minutes for Q&A.  Looking for thought leadership from entrepreneurs and experts in the professional services capacity for entrepreneurship and small business ownership. We are looking to have content for an audience of entrepreneurial Veterans/military personnel offering tactical entrepreneurial advice.
  • Workshops: Forty-five-minute workshops allow for in-depth discussion and learning on new approaches and best practices on aspects of running a business and leadership topics. Workshops should be designed for interactivity, networking among participants, and practical takeaways.

Speaker Benefits:

  • Speakers (including co-presenters) will receive complimentary registration, including admission to events, the Exhibitors, conference meals, and networking events.
  • Exposure on the conference website and in event marketing materials.
  • An evaluation report with session ratings and feedback after the conference.

If you are able to present on Tuesday, June 7, please complete the short questionnaire below, so we can collect your bio and session information. Once completed, you will receive an email with the session specifics.

What to Expect

  • Conference registration for you and a guest will be complimentary and include all related food and networking functions.
  • We will have you listed as a speaker in the conference program book and on the conference website.
  • The dress code is casual to business casual.
  • The sessions will be running back-to-back and your assigned moderator will help facilitate keeping the sessions running on schedule.
  • Your assigned moderator will reach out to you at least a week prior to the conference to review details, discuss your introduction and answer any questions.
  • We ask for you to please:
    • Check-in with the Conference registration desk at LEAST 30 minutes prior to your scheduled session. You are invited to the entire conference, including the Welcome Reception, on Monday, June 6.
    • Provide handouts if they are a part of your presentation.
    • Share any conference-related social media posts.
    • Refrain from “brochure speak” (advertising pitches) while presenting.
    • Refrain from using derogatory remarks.
    • Allow us to:
      • Share your slide deck with conference attendees and use it as a resource for post-conference informational purposes.
      • Capture you on still, video, broadcast, and/or sound recordings while at the conference.
      • Use and share such film captures for educational purposes and/or future conference promotions. Let us know if this is not ok.
  • The meeting rooms will be equipped with a standing lectern with wired microphone, LCD projector/screen, and laptop computer.

Speaker Tips

Below are some tips to consider for your presentation:

  • Share why you feel qualified to present on your suggested topic and your expertise.
  • Think about what you can incorporate into your presentation to excite the audience or make the topic sound exciting.
  • Think about how you plan to arouse the audience for participation.
  • Identify what will be said in your talk that you feel has not been conveyed in the “classroom.”
  • Think about how your talk will help educate the audience.



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