Venture School

Venture School

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Fall 2017 cohort application deadline is Monday, September 18th. 

Locations will be in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Cedar Falls and Online.

Available Statewide!


Venture School is a statewide program that emphasizes real-world entrepreneurship and innovation-based, leading edge curriculum taught by serial entrepreneurs. It is offered in various locations around the state. Its reach allows the program to be accessible to entrepreneurs across the state of Iowa. This program works with startups, small businesses, non-profits, and corporate innovation teams.

Your team will accelerate the startup process by testing your business hypotheses immediately. You will get out of the building to talk to customers, partners, and competitors, rather than relying on static case studies and secondhand market research.

You will encounter first-hand the chaos and uncertainty of commercializing innovations and creating new ventures, and will be challenged to create your own business model, making pivots or preserving based on your findings.


Venture School not only accelerates the startup process, but also increases your chance of success by 20%.



This program costs $500 per team. Monetary awards can be won at the end of the program. Scholarship opportunities are also available. Please contact for additional information.

Benefits include:

  • Discover a great market for your technology or idea.
  • Learn from people who have real world knowledge.
  • Appreciate what it takes to commercialize technology and the barriers to adoption.
  • Develop your business model and strengthen you knowledge of business concepts and procedures.
  • Expand your network by connecting with teachers, investors, customers and mentors.
  • Meet the players that can help you move your idea forward.

“Venture School awoke the entrepreneur in me.”


-Kwesi Seals, E’s Gluten Free Bakery

Have a marketable idea?

After filling out the online application, you will be scheduled for an interview with our teaching team. Once accepted into Venture School there will be a $500 fee to reserve your spot. APPLY TODAY!




Apply for the Fall 2017 cohort

Our Fall 2017 application is now open, deadline is September 18th. Locations this Fall are in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls and Online.