April 19th

Start Something — Fueling Entrepreneurship

Start something at Iowa State, where we are constantly fanning the flame of both innovation and entrepreneurship. Our students turn their dreams and ideas into solutions and businesses, and we’re featuring a series of competitions where they will pitch their way through whatever we throw their way!

View our full list of events below – all times are in CDT. Can’t make it to every event or in a different time zone? Click on the scheduled event to view the archived video or watch any of our on-demand offerings to join in anytime, anywhere!

Fueling Entrepreneurship

7:30 AM
Innovation Happens Here Welcome

David Spalding, Raisbeck Endowed Dean for the Ivy College of Business

Welcome to Ignite Innovation Showcase Day 4: Start Something – Fueling Entrepreneurship! Join Dean Spalding as he gives an overview of the day and provides some insight into the innovation taking place at Iowa State University.

7:45 AM
Innovation Happens Here: Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

Judi Eyles, Director of the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

Join us for an interview with Judi Eyles, the Director of the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, to learn more about the energy of entrepreneurship inspiring students to start businesses, build solutions, and make a difference.

8:00 AM
College Directors Start Something

Every college at ISU offers a pathway for student entrepreneurs and innovators. Join us during this livestream to find out how you can start something in your college to leave your own mark and make a difference.

8:30 AM
Coffee and Entrepreneurship Chats with the Hanstad Brothers

Nicholas Hanstad and Michael Hanstad

Enjoy your morning cup of coffee with Nicholas and Michael Hanstad, brothers who have founded multiple companies. Hear how Michael founded Deadeye BBQ in his dorm room as a freshman in college, and how he has since launched the brand into 250+ grocery stores across the Midwest. Learn how Nicholas founded Lokoly during his junior year of college as an online farmers market and has since pivoted the company into a Coffee Subscription Club with members in 20+ states. Prepare to have your own creativity stoked!

10:30 AM
Calligraphy and Entrepreneurship Chat

Lauren Gifford, Letter with Lauren Liz

Learn the basics of brush calligraphy while hearing about Lauren's entrepreneurial journey. In the span of a few years, Lauren has gone from a hand-lettering hobbyist to popular YouTuber to mural artist. She has painted murals for wedding venues, small businesses, cities, and our very own Student Innovation Center!

12:00 PM
CYstarters 2021 Cohort Announcement

Join us for the live announcement of the 2021 CYstarters Cohort! Learn more about the student businesses that will be a part of our 11-week summer accelerator.

1:30 PM
CYstarters Alumni Fireside Chat

Innovation and Entrepreneurship go hand in hand. During this fireside chat, four Iowa State alumni - Clayton Mooney, Brady Trent, Stephanie Bias, and Denis Tamiev - will share how innovation has led their companies to success.

Improv Pitch Events

Keep scrolling to join our Improv Pitch Event at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM!

Improv Pitch Event

10:00 AM
Featuring College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Entrepreneurship

During this improv-style pitch competition, eight students will pitch a business idea or innovation based on a surprise topic. The winner will win $100, sponsored by the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Be sure to tune in at the top of the hour to catch the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences highlighting entrepreneurship opportunities and efforts in their college.

11:00 AM
Featuring College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

During this improv-style pitch competition, eight students will pitch a business idea or innovation based on a surprise topic. The winner will win $100, sponsored by the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Be sure to tune in at the top of the hour to catch the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences highlighting entrepreneurship opportunities and efforts in their college.

1:00 PM
Featuring College of Human Sciences Entrepreneurship

During this improv-style pitch competition, eight students will pitch a business idea or innovation based on a surprise topic. The winner will win $100, sponsored by the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Be sure to tune in at the top of the hour to catch the College of Human Sciences highlighting entrepreneurship opportunities and efforts in their college.

2:00 PM
Featuring College of Design Entrepreneurship

During this improv-style pitch competition, eight students will pitch a business idea or innovation based on a surprise topic. The winner will win $100, sponsored by the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Be sure to tune in at the top of the hour to catch the College of Design highlighting entrepreneurship opportunities and efforts in their college.

3:00 PM
Featuring College of Engineering Entrepreneurship

During this improv-style pitch competition, eight students will pitch a business idea or innovation based on a surprise topic. The winner will win $100, sponsored by the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Be sure to tune in on time, the College of Engineering will be sharing about entrepreneurship opportunities and efforts in their college at the top of the hour.

4:00 PM
Featuring Ivy College of Business Entrepreneurship

During this improv-style pitch competition, eight students will pitch a business idea or innovation based on a surprise topic. The winner will win $100, sponsored by the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Be sure to tune in at the top of the hour to catch the Ivy College of Business highlighting entrepreneurship opportunities and efforts in their college.