Monday, August 14, 2023

The University of Iowa Venture School entrepreneurial training program is accepting applications for its Fall 2023 cohort to be held at various locations across the state, beginning the week of Oct. 2.

The sessions meet one night a week for seven weeks as either hybrid (in-person/online), fully remote, or in-person, depending on location. The final class of the session is a Venture School Launch Day Competition that will be held the week of Nov. 13. Cost is $299 per team and each Venture School team will be assigned a local entrepreneur as its coach.

Iowa City/Cedar Rapids
Sponsored by Iowa SBDC
 Tuesdays, start date Oct. 3
Location: Kirkwood Regional Center, Coralville

Des Moines
Sponsored by Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and MidIowa SBDC
Days: Wednesdays, start date Oct. 4
Location: DMACC Urban Campus Building 7 (1144 7th St., Des Moines, Iowa) Room 170

Dubuque (Remote)
Sponsored by The Innovation Lab Dubuque
Days: Tuesdays, start date Oct. 3

Mason City
Sponsored by North Iowa Area Community College Pappajohn Center and North Iowa Area SBDC
Days: Thursdays, start date Oct. 5
Location: NIACC Business Center

Sponsored by Eastern Iowa Community College and Eastern Iowa SBDC
Days: Thursdays, start date Oct. 5
Location: Eastern Iowa Community College

Sioux City (Hybrid — first and last week in-person)
Sponsored by Iowa’s West Coast Initiative and Design West
Days: Tuesdays, start date Oct. 3
Location: Design West

University of Iowa Venture School is a statewide program for entrepreneurs and is built from a streamlined curriculum developed by the National Science Foundation I-Corps at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. Venture School emphasizes real-world entrepreneurship and innovation based on a leading-edge curriculum. Participants will encounter the chaos and uncertainty of creating new ventures while alsobeingchallenged to create your new business model, make pivots or preserve youroriginal plansbased on your discovery.

To apply for the Fall 2023 cohort, visit and register now in the drop-down menu. The deadline to apply is Sept. 18. (YOU MAY APPLY HERE.)

For more information, contact Shannon Henderson at