Your Fellows Pathway

Start your journey

Students are invited to participate in some or all relays of the program; only students who complete all three relays will be designated an “Innovation Fellow” and participate in other cohort innovation skill development sessions and partner with our corps of Professional Practices Coaches.

Beginning your adventure

Application Orientation

  1. Apply online to become an Innovation Fellow;
  2. Receive an invitation to our Fellows’ Orientation session;
  3. Attend the orientation to officially start your journey!

Mindset and Experiences

Monthly Cohorts and Weekly News

  1. Attend 6-8 special Fellows Cohort Sessions with topical experts;
  2. Receive weekly news updates with tips for innovators

Innovation Programs and Competitions

  • Flagship Friday Innovator’s Forums
  • Innovation Circuit Series (Short Circuits and Full Circuits)
  • College Experiences
  • Special Projects
  • E-Minor
  • Dashes and Design Sprints

The Final Stretch

Big Challenge Preparation

  1. Identify a challenge
  2. Stage Gate 1: design/document value proposition
  3. Conduct research
  4. Pitch value proposition to Innovation Team
  5. Innovation Showcase
  6. Coaching Sessions

Make a Difference

Launch Challenge and Professional Coaching

  1. Pair with Professional Practices Coach
  2. Stage Gate 2: Submit Technical Design Plan
  3. Stage Gate: 3 Prototype, Test
  4. Stage Gate 4: Scale for realization
Pitch competition

Fellows Programs

Imagine having a conversation with the World Economic Innovation Prize Winner for Energy Storage or a four-time Emmy Award winner for comedy. Our online innovation programs provide Fellows with unique access to hundreds of globally influential innovators offering personal insight, training, and coaching.

Meet Our Innovators

Our Iowa State University students, faculty, staff, community members, and industry leaders inspire and motivate us every day. Meet some of the innovators who are leaving their mark through the Innovation Fellows Corps!

Student Projects

At Iowa State University, our students are constantly building, creating, and innovating together to make the world a better place. Become a part of the action when you join an ongoing student project!

Have questions about the Innovation Fellows?

Contact Karen Kerns

Entrepreneur in Residence President’s Initiative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation kpiconi@iastate.edu