Women Who Create™

Women Entrepreneurship Week | October 16-20, 2023

Women Entrepreneurship Week takes place every October with an event-driven week to bring together women entrepreneurs, business owners, and creators across the state of Iowa. Amidst the pandemic, it is now even more important to celebrate and support women entrepreneurs and creators, as many women have had to adjust their work-life balance by hitting “pause” or permanently closing their businesses.

It has always been our desire at the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship to build a community that supports women entrepreneurs in Iowa and beyond.  This year is no different. We are excited to share a way for Iowa to rally behind women entrepreneurs.  When the world sees the end of the pandemic, we want to see women continue to start something, take the lead, and be successful.


The Women Who Create Conference brings together women entrepreneurs, women business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, and individuals of all genders who support women entrepreneurs for a full day of workshops and speakers aimed at growing their business. The Women Who Create Conference takes place at the Iowa State University Research Park Core Facility Training Room, hosted by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Registration is required.

Register to Attend

Registration Fee: $50

Included in your registration:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Lunch
  • Welcome Gift
  • Full day of workshops and networking!
Register to Attend


We invite the public to attend the SheTalks cocktail event supporting women + entrepreneurs.

Following the Women Who Create Conference, we invite the public to attend the uniquely inspiring SheTalks event: a community cocktail reception featuring six women who are creatively leading in their distinct fields. Taken from the Japanese-inspired Pecha Kucha, each presenter shows 20 slides, each for 20 seconds while telling their story. The event will be hosted at the ISU Research Park Core Facility Atrium by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and is sponsored by the ISU Debbie & Jerry Ivy College of Business. This fun and inspiring event is free to attend; however, registration is appreciated.