Innovate Here


Where students are empowered with an entrepreneurial mindset and innovative spirit to turn their ideas into new businesses or startups, help existing companies innovate and grow, and make a difference in their communities.

Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship offers a variety of resources to student entrepreneurs at their Student Innovation Center office, including pitch competitions, entrepreneurial events, and guidance for students wanting to start or grow a business.

LAS I+E Academy

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a two-year academy for all LAS majors where students can engage in experiential learning courses to develop an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset. Students are matched with a mentor in the second year and emerge from the academy with a well-defined path to develop their big idea – or future ideas.

Innovate 1858

Innovate 1858 is a real-world, hands-on learning lab store, developed and managed by ISU’s Apparel, Merchandising, and Design students and faculty. The store partners with student entrepreneurs and makers to develop their entrepreneurial skills and provide them with real-world learning opportunities through the selling of their products.

Start Something

With Iowa State University’s Start Something Network, you’ll find support and resources designed to help you nurture ideas and bring out your inner innovator and entrepreneur. Start Something spans six Iowa State colleges so you can tailor your educational experience to meet your unique needs and interests.

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