ISU Student Innovation Center launches new programs for campus and public

With the opening of the Student Innovation Center at Iowa State University comes new opportunities for students, faculty, staff and the public to interact with and learn from industry leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship. The state-of-the-art Student Innovation Center opened its doors in August and kicked off a series of events, lectures and one-of-a-kind professional training.

“We offer students unique and opportunity-expanding relationships with global industry leaders,” said Karen Kerns, entrepreneur-in-residence for the ISU President’s Initiative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. “Attending these innovation mindset sessions, in combination with completion of the Innovation Fellows Corps requirements, differentiates ISU students from their peers and accelerates their professional progress.”

Learn about these series and more opportunities this fall:

Flagship Fridays

The “Flagship Fridays: What IF – Innovators Forum” series offers moderated, online conversations for all (ISU-affiliated and the public) to hear directly from industry leaders about their personal stories of innovation and their perspectives on why innovation is such a critical driver of social and economic progress and sustainability.

See the full lineup online at

Short Circuits

Innovation Short Circuits are designed for industry experts and influencers to lead two-hour conversations on topics to help students gain expertise in innovation mindset, skills and practices.

Find all upcoming Short Circuit events at

Innovation Fellows Corps

The new Innovation Fellows Corps program pairs ISU students with industry leaders and collaborators to create programs, products and ideas that can change the world. The experience-based program features more than 50 industry influencers delivering free programming during the academic year.

Student Innovation Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in monthly conversations and workshops, network and build relationships, create programs and products, enhance their academic and professional experiences at Iowa State, and work with mentors.

Students who complete all three of the program’s “relays” will be designated an Innovation Fellow. Students can learn more and apply online:

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