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ENTREBOLD: THE APRIL ISSUE
Message from the editor: Diana Wright, ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship When you have a whiteboard this size (pictured above), no challenge is too big to solve in the world. It was quite the weekend for the first-ever ISU INNOVATION PRIZE!
12 teams participated and developed innovative solutions in both #agtech & #edtech. These challenges not only foster creativity & problem solving, but prove that a small group of people can outperform large groups when it comes to innovation & changing the world. Here's to keeping this spirit & energy alive, everyday...
Incentive prize harnesses innovation at first-ever ISU INNOVATION PRIZE™
The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship & ISU Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative co-sponsored the inaugural ISU INNOVATION PRIZE on March 31/April 1. Over 45 students and community members participated by creating solutions to challenges in Education and Agriculture. The incentive competition was inspired by the XPRIZE Foundation model, a global platform to solve the world's most pressing issues. By focusing on Agriculture & Education, participants developed qualified concepts for rising challenges that Iowa & the world. Click here to learn more!
Burning the midnight oil, team Complete Engineer works through the night to solve the Education challenge.
Brainstorming session in place...or April Fool's day scheming?
ISU INNOVATION PRIZE™ participants with Dr. Jeff Stamp, inventor of the Baked Lays! Potato Crisps, who facilitated the weekend event at the ISU Economic Development Core Facility.
wasaBIZ presents in the Agriculture Challenge, focusing on growing the wasabi plant in controlled greenhouses in Iowa.
Honing in on the life-long learner in Education, the Rounders' team seeks out how to flip the traditional higher edu model.
Connecting in the Community
The Startup Ames community hosted First Shot on March16, an open coffee networking event that is held twice a month at the Rippke Creative Commons space in downtown Ames. The ISU Pappajohn Center helps co-organize events & meetups for the Startup Ames' initiative. Join at Meetup.com
Smart Start Workshop co-hosted by ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and the Small Business Development Center on March 25. Over 50 students and community members got a "crash course" in starting a business.
Gilbert Youth Marketplace organized by the Ames Chamber, took place on March 9. Judges Judi Eyles & Diana Wright (Pappajohn Center) listened to "shark tank" pitches from 6th grade students.
A group of 6th grade students from Gilbert presented their business idea to community "sharks" during the Gilbert Youth Marketplace.
New location this year for ISU Innovation Pitch
The ISU Entrepreneurship & Innovation Learning Community, advised by the ISU Pappajohn Center, hosted the bi-annual ISU Innovation Pitch on March 8 at the ISU Maintenance Shop. Over 30 Iowa State students delivered a 90-second pitch for cash prizes.
Pictured are the winners of the ISU Innovation Pitch. Thanks to our sponsors for the seventh annual competition: Renewable Energy Group, Workiva, and the Ames Economic Development Commission. See the winners, click here!
Spotted on April 6th, Roy Reiman visited with students and staff at the ISU Foundation's Board of Governors event. Roy & Bobbi Reiman currently support the Reiman Entrepreneur Speaker Series and the Reiman Entrepreneur Internship Program at the ISU Pappajohn Center. It's always a treat to have Roy in town!
Pictured L to R: Katie Carpenter, Reiman student intern; Mikayla Sullivan, co-founder of KinoSol & participating startup in the Reiman internship program; Roy Reiman; Diana Wright, ISU Pappajohnn Center for Entrepreneurship & past Reiman student intern.
Pictured L to R: Joe Gunkleman, CyBIZ Lab student; Mackenzie Jahn, CyBIZ Lab student; Roy Reiman; Nick Collison, CyBIZ Lab student; and Alex Williamson, CyBIZ Lab student.
*Note: Judi Eyles (not pictured) is the associate director for the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. She is also the director of CyBIZ Lab student consulting and leads the College of Business program, located at the ISU Economic Development Core Facility.
Sneak peak for the next EntreBOLD issue:
Announcement of the next summer cohort for CYstarters, a cornerstone program of the ISU Pappajohn Center for ISU student startups!