Geert Boelen is a junior majoring in Agricultural Business and minoring in Entrepreneurial Studies. At Iowa State, he is involved in the ISU Ag Business Club and AgEI, where he is a member of both the AgEI Student Leadership Team and the AgEI Student Incubator.
Geert has a compelling background to share with his classmates, as he grew up on a dairy farm in the Netherlands and moved to the United States eight years ago with his family. His family, including four siblings, now live in Brooklyn, Iowa on a dairy farm. Geert is fluent in both English and Dutch language.
As part of the AgEI Student Incubator, Geert is currently working on growing his business of raising specialty-tasting crickets for human consumption. This idea stemmed from a podcast he stumbled upon once entitled, “Are edible insects the future of food?” Geert obviously agreed, because now he is in the research & development stage of his business, cleverly named “One Hop Shop.”200 crickets are currently being raised for eggs, which will then be sold as the first batch of human consumed cricket products made by One Hop Shop.
When asked about the AgEI Student Incubator, Geert responded, “I have been very fortunate to be able to participate in this program. Being in the same room with like-minded people helps me tremendously. The mentors I have through this program have helped me immensely during the semester by supporting me and questioning me to better myself as a person and entrepreneur.”