Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference

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, 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, attendance for Veterans, Military personnel, their
families, and business partners is completely free.

Attend the 2024 Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference


Connect with Fellow Veterans

This conference provides a supportive and collaborative environment where you can connect with other Veterans who are also pursuing or considering entrepreneurship. You’ll have the opportunity to share your experiences, learn from others, and build relationships to help you succeed.

Attend the Opening Reception the evening prior to the start of the conference to get a jump start on making connections while enjoying live music and yummy food and drinks!


Learn from Experts

Year after year, the Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference boasts an impressive lineup of speakers and presenters who share their knowledge and expertise on various topics, including business planning, marketing, finance, and more. You’ll leave the conference with practical insights and strategies to apply to your business.


Access to Resources

You may have unique challenges and needs. We’ve partnered with organizations and resources that specifically support Veteran / Military-owned businesses, and you’ll have the opportunity to connect with them at this conference.


Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference Pitch Competition

Are you looking for investors or customers? The conference provides a platform for you to pitch your business to a panel of experts and investors. You’ll receive valuable feedback and exposure to help you take your business to the next level.

Need tips for pitching your business? Attend the Virtual Pitch Workshop on Wednesday, April 24 or check out these online resources.

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Recognition and Celebration

We believe it’s important to celebrate the achievements of Veteran and Military entrepreneurs. At the conference, we will recognize and celebrate the success stories of Veteran / Military-owned businesses.

Join us at the Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference and be part of a supportive and collaborative community of Veteran / Military entrepreneurs. Let’s work together to build successful businesses and make a positive impact in our communities.

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Want to sponsor the Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference?

As a conference sponsor, your financial support will make it affordable for Veterans to attend, where they will connect with fellow Veterans and supporters in learning from industry experts and business professionals about navigating entrepreneurship from industry experts and business professionals. 

 Sponsoring the 2024 Iowa Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference is a highly visible, cost-effective way to reach a local, state, and regional audience of approximately 50 attendees, including Veterans, military personnel, and their families and business partners.

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