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ISU professor lets students loose with $5 to create a business venture

Students at Iowa State University are learning it doesn’t take a huge investment to launch a successful business venture. This semester Andreea Kiss, assistant professor of management at ISU, gave each student group in her course a $5 initial investment and let them loose on a four-week challenge to create a business plan and raise as…

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Student-made videos show off ISU, UNO entrepreneurship programs

Students at Iowa State University are proving that entrepreneurship doesn’t just belong in the business school. In November 2012, the university’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization was given the Campus “E-Diffusion” Award by its governing organization, an entrepreneurship network with more than 240 chapters.

The award recognizes the chapter that has done the most to get students from all colleges of the university involved …

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ISU students take home cash prizes from Innovation Pitch Competition

Students took home $1,400 in prizes at the second annual Innovation Pitch Competition April 9 at the Delta Upsilon Fraternity on the Iowa State University campus.

Hosted by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community, the event provided thirty-one students, ranging from freshmen to graduate students, an opportunity to practice their entrepreneurial pitch skills.

Silicon Prairie News’ Geoff Wood served as one of the competition’s …

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Emerging Technologies Conference to showcase student projects April 24-25

Students, developers and interested members of the community are invited to attend the tenth annual Emerging Technologies Conference, which will showcase the projects and progress of students in Iowa State University’s Human Computer Interaction program.

The conference, which will be held April 24-25, features live demonstrations of research projects, graduate student competitions and a panel of industry professionals. …

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Entrepreneurs in Residence: Molding a new type of university innovator

Any alumnus of Iowa State University is familiar with the work of Christian Petersen, even though it’s been more than 50 years since he set foot on campus in Ames. Petersen was artist in residence from 1933 to 1955 and left his mark by crafting 12 major sculptures for ISU while teaching and mentoring students.

Artists, musicians and writers — and the institutions where they study — have long benefited from the mentorship of artists in …

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Class project turned app aims to revolutionize crop scouting

Historically, if farmers wanted to check their crops for insects or disease, it was a tedious, inaccurate process. They would carry a couple of guidebooks, hundreds of pages each, to try and identify what they saw, recording observations with handwritten notes and sketches of the field.

After completing a crop scouting internship in rural Iowa, Michael Koenig (left) decided to change that.

“Crop scouting is kind of cumbersome, and just not fun,” Koenig said, “we wanted to make the process a little easier to manage.”

ScoutPro …

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Prairie Portrait: Thomas Frank, senior at Iowa State University

Silicon Prairie News: Can you explain the mission of College Info Geek and why you decided to launch the site? |

Thomas Frank: This answer has two parts, because my mission has drastically changed over time.

In all honesty, I had no plans of launching my own site in the beginning. At the time, one of my favorite college blogs was taking applications for writers, and I wanted to be one. Unfortunately, they rejected my application. That rejection (and the fact that I had a full post I had sent to them) motivated me to start my own college tips …

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U.S. CIO VanRoekel talks startups, savings, new tech in Iowa visit

Steven VanRoekel, the United States’ new Chief Information Officer, made the rounds at his old stomping grounds on Monday.
VanRoekel, who grew up in Cherokee, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University, returned to his alma mater to give a talk and also visited StartupCity Des Moines, a downtown technology startup incubator, during a visit to central Iowa.

Just the second person to hold the position of U.S. CIO, VanRoekel took over the post in August after stints with the U.S. …

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U.S. CIO, Iowa State alum VanRoekel to give free talk at noon Monday

This is a very late event notice, but it’s hopefully just in time for some. At noon on Monday, Steven VanRoekel, the second Chief Information Officer of the United States and an Iowa State University alumnus will deliver a free presentation at his alma mater.

VanRoekel’s talk, which is preceded by a reception at 11:30 a.m., will focus on cyber security and federal information technology issues, the Des Moines Register reported. The event will take place in Memorial Union’s Great Hall (2229 Lincoln Way). …

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