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Join us this August at Startup Ames

Startup Ames third meetup this year is on August 20th at 8AM with guest speaker Geoff Wood. 

We're excited to be back for the Ames area community of entrepreneurs, startups, students & business  builders.  Free to attend, RSVP today!

August Startup Ames' speaker:

Geoff will be sharing the story of the developing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Central Iowa. He’ll talk about the core tenets of any startup community, what’s worked and not worked so far in Des Moines, and opportunities for Ames and the ISU community.

Geoff Wood, founder and community builder at Gravitate

Geoff has been helping tell the story of the Iowa startup community since 2009. He publishes a weekly digest of the top innovation community news, hosts a podcast highlighting members of the community, speaks at conferences, organizes events, runs Gravitate—the entrepreneurial center of gravity in downtown Des Moines and recently helped launch The Iowan Project ( an initiative to identify and connect our state’s diaspora. He’s a graduate of Iowa State’s Community and Regional Planning program, holds an MBA from Indiana University and currently resides in Windsor Heights.


Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

New and start-up businesses can enter to win up to $25,000.

This contest is designed to stimulate entrepreneurial activity and greater awareness of the resources available to grow entrepreneurs in Iowa. All winners will be selected on an objective basis as determined by the criteria set forth below. You must read and comply with the rules to enter the Iowa Business Plan Competition (the Competition). This competition is void where prohibited by law.

Application deadlines and procedures, official rules, acceptance process, and contact information are available at

  • $25,000 for first prize
  • $15,000 for second prize
  • $10,000 for third prize

The deadline for entering the Iowa Business Plan Competition is June 8th at midnightExtended to June 15th at midnight!  Iowa businesses are invited to submit business information via a secure online program called Gust. A link to Gust is available at

The competition is open to new and start-up businesses (in business for less than four years). 

2015 Pappajohn ISU Student Finalists & Winners






ISU student teams ClinicNote & KinoSol both win $5,000 at Pappajohn Student Venture Competition.

Fourteen student teams representing Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, North Iowa Area Community College and Luther College got the chance to pitch to John Pappajohn and his team at Equity Dynamics for the chance to win $5,000 for their business idea. The statewide finals were held at the Pappajohn Higher Education Center in downtown Des Moines on Monday, April 27th.

Winners of two of the three $5,000 checks were awarded to: Mikayla Sullivan, Clayton Mooney, Ella Gehrke, Elise Kendal representing KinoSol (Iowa State University); Tyler Fox, Morgan Hampel, Justin Coaldrake representing ClinicNote (Iowa State University).

Upcoming Events
Aug 2 Okoboji Entrepreneur Institute
Aug 20 Startup Ames
Aug 26 WelcomeFEST
Sep 4 Friday Afternoon in Campustown (FAC) Fundraiser
Sep 9 ClubFest

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