Entrepreneurial events happening at ISU this fall

The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting several events this fall for student entrepreneurs.

Here are some the entrepreneurial events happening at Iowa State University this fall:

Business Model Canvas Competition (Sept. 18)

Students will learn how to present their business idea using the Business Model Canvas, a one-page business plan, and will have the chance to win one of three $500 cash prizes.

The First Round will be an online application due September 13 at 11:59 pm. On September 16, fifteen finalists will be notified that they have advanced to the Final Round. The Final Round will take place on September 18 from 2 – 4 pm via Zoom. Finalists will have 5 minutes to present their Business Model Canvas to a panel of judges, with 2 minutes for questions.

The deadline to submit an application is September 13 by 11:59 pm.

Flagship Fridays What IF — Innovators Forum (Every Friday)

Beginning Sept. 11, Iowa State University will be hosting a series of online innovation forums for students. The “Flagship Fridays: Innovators Forum” series will feature interviewer moderated, online conversation sessions with leaders representing a diverse scope and scale of innovation. 

A total of 16 sessions have been scheduled for each Friday throughout the Fall semester.

Reiman Speaker Series: Alex Timm (Sept. 29)

ISU JPEC is hosting the Reiman Speaker Series with Alex Timm, founder and CEO of Root Insurance. Alex founded Root Insurance on the principle that rates should be based on driving behaviors, not demographics. As Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Root, Alex leads the company in revolutionizing this outdated industry, using mobile technology and data science to offer personalized auto insurance rates to good drivers.

Startup Pitch Event (Oct. 1)

The Startup Pitch Event is hosted every fall by the Iowa State Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Students have the chance to pitch their business concept or idea in a 90-second elevator pitch to a panel of judges.

Registration is limited to the first 24 Iowa State University students to apply.

Smart Start Workshop (Oct. 10)

The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and the Ames Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a “crash course” workshop for anyone who has ever considered starting a business.  You will learn various topics such as insurance, intellectual property, business organization, registration, and operations.  Topics will be presented by local business professionals.  Smart Start provides information as well as the opportunity to ask questions on topics such as paying taxes, applying for a business loan/grants, preparing a cash flow, applying for a patent, finding resources, forming a partnership, and more.

Women Who Create Conference (Oct. 22)

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.

ISU Innovation Prize (Nov. 6 – Nov. 7)

The ISU Innovation Prize is an incentive competition at Iowa State University on the weekend of November 6-7, 2020.

The competition theme for the third annual event is Innovation at Iowa State.  There will be three focus areas for participants to solve: AgTech, EdTech, and Global Impact.

Previous coverage

ISU to host series of innovation forums this fall -Aug. 25, 2020

ISU Student Innovation Center will bring together students across campus -July 22, 2019

Entrepreneurship among top priorities for ISU President Wendy Wintersteen -Nov. 21, 2018