The University of Iowa Venture School is currently accepting applications from Iowa startups for their fall 2017 program.
The statewide program for entrepreneurs was developed by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) and host locations in Des Moines, Cedar Falls, and Cedar Rapids. Venture School was built from a curriculum developed by the National Science Foundation I-Corps at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.
An online version of the program will also be held to allow innovative individuals across the state of Iowa to participate in the program if they aren’t able to make it to one of the host cities.
Since 2013, the eight-week Venture School program has helped guide over 230 teams, and has awarded over $150,000 in cash prizes. Many of the participating teams have used funds from the program to continue their business ventures across the state of Iowa and beyond.
Two Venture School Alums, Conor Flaherty and Pat Flaherty, went on to found Germbot after completing the program in spring 2017.
“We found Venture school very helpful – the class structure and discipline forced us to focus on our product and be accountable to our peers, mentors, and ourselves,” they said. “As a result of Venture School, we were able to dramatically improve our speed of product design, get quicker customer feedback, and are prepared to take a new product to market in weeks instead of several months as we have done in the past.”
Applications are being accepted until September 18, 2017. For additional information and to submit an application, please visit www.venture-school.com.