Entrepreneurial events happening at Iowa State University 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.


Fall Startup Pitch Competition (Sept. 30)

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.

Smart Start Small Business Workshop (Oct. 9)

The ISU Pappajohn Center, 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 cashflow, applying for a patent, finding resources, forming a partnership, and more.

Women Entrepreneurship Week (Oct. 18-Oct. 22)

Iowa State University joins more than 150 universities and colleges in celebration of Women Entrepreneurship Week from October 18-22, 2021. Join us across campus for a week of collaboration events featuring women entrepreneurs, and read the stories of why women create. Institutions on six continents have joined the WEW movement, and the list continues to grow.

Learn more about the upcoming WEW events happening all across the world.

Women Who Create Conference (Oct. 21)

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 Iowa State University, hosted by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship.

Registration information to come.

She Talks Community Event (Oct. 21)

Following the Women Who Create Conference, a community cocktail reception will kick-off showcasing six SheTalks presentations. What’s a SheTalk? Taken from the Japanese-inspired PechaKucha, it is a presentation style where each presenter shows 20 slides, each for 20 seconds. What makes it a SheTalk? All of the six speakers are women, and will be speaking around the theme ‘Women Who Create’. The event is hosted by the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and sponsored by the ISU Debbie & Jerry Ivy College of Business.

Iowa Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (Nov. 5)

The Iowa Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization will host the Global Student Entrepreneur Award (GSEA) competition on November 5, 2021 at the Iowa State University Student Innovation Center, featuring six Iowa college students and entrepreneurs as finalists for the GSEA award. The GSEA awards program is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university. The winning student will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national GSEA competition.

Innovation Prize  (Nov. 12)

The ISU INNOVATION PRIZE is an incentive competition at Iowa State University that takes place on campus Students, faculty and staff, and the entrepreneurial community are invited to participate!  

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.