Young Entrepreneur Convention 2023 is set to take place Saturday, February 25 in the Student Innovation Center on the Iowa State campus.
The event is focused on providing information, motivation, and practical tools to assist early-stage founders. In addition to a series of keynote speakers and panel discussions, the event offers ample time for networking and one of the largest single-day pitch competitions in the United States.
The first speaker takes the stage at 9 a.m. The event concludes with the Pitch Competition finals at 4 p.m., followed by a post-event social that will bring together students, early-stage founders, and entrepreneurial leaders from Iowa and beyond in an informal environment to recap the day.
“We are driven to create an atmosphere of founders helping founders,” said co-founder of the event Clayton Mooney in a release. “Connecting early-stage founders with founders who have experienced success has tremendous value. It not only provides these young founders with real-world contacts who can share what the founder journey is like, but it helps them to build a network they can lean on as they grow their companies. We are excited about this year’s speaker lineup and confident that there will be a number of takeaways for long-term founders, those launching early-stage startups, and those who are still wondering how to move from idea to action.”
This year’s featured speakers include Dublin, Ireland-based serial entrepreneur Michael Guerin of Imvizar; Iowa-based patent and IP attorney Tim Zarley; YECon alumni speaker Shelby Smith, who has built her business with international reach from the ground up; and a workshop designed to help early-stage founders reach revenue led by Nebullam’s Nick Herrig.
In addition, the annual Pitch Competition will award prize packages including cash for the top three finishers. The Pitch Competition is limited to the first 30 pitchers to sign up. A limited number of pitch slots remain open. A ticket to Young Entrepreneur Convention is required to pitch.
Additional information and tickets are available at yeconvention.com.