Events Archive

Each year, the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative hosts several events and workshops for students to network with entrepreneurs and business leaders, develop their creative business skills, and learn new ways to approach their idea. All are welcome to join our events, whether you're pursuing your own venture or simply curious. Events vary by semester, so if nothing piques your interest now, check back next semester to see what's new.

Business Development Study Trip to Brazil

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00pm

The objective for this course is for students to develop knowledge and skills in international business development through experiential learning. Students will act as a consulting team for three to four early stage U.S agricultural technology businesses, assessing the market potential for their products in Brazil and creating a roadmap for developing their businesses there. They will interact heavily with the agricultural technology businesses, government and trade organizations, and Brazilian agricultural businesses and farms. Read more about Business Development Study Trip to Brazil

AgEI Industry Tour

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 8:00am to 2:00pm

Join us in visiting the offices of two successful companies in the Iowa Falls area. This event is open to any ISU CALS student, but spots are limited and you must register! We will be leaving from campus at 8:00 a.m. Friday morning to head to Summit Agricultural Group and hear from founder Bruce Rastetter. We will then head to Iowa Select Farms to enjoy lunch and hear from a panel of leaders about running a successful business.  Read more about AgEI Industry Tour

Founders Fireside on the Future of Agriculture

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Join us on Wednesday, November 7 as we hear from three successful founders and entrepreneurs who founded agricultural businesses at different times, with each achieving an outsized impact. The discussion will identify questions and issues important to the future shape of agriculture. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Sun Room in the Memorial Union. 

Panelists will include:  Read more about Founders Fireside on the Future of Agriculture

Agricultural Entrepreneurship Week 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 8:00am to Friday, November 9, 2018 - 5:00pm

Agricultural Entrepreneurship Week 2018 will be marked from November 05 to 09.  The Agriculture Entrepreneurship Initiative at Iowa State University and affiliated entrepreneurs, investors, businesses and supporters will mark the week with a number of events in the second year marking the occasion.

Iowa has a rich history as home to agricultural entrepreneurs who have created world-changing technologies, products, services, and businesses.  The week will feature events on and off-campus to celebrate the past and create the future.

Events for the week include: Read more about Agricultural Entrepreneurship Week 2018

Entrepreneur Roundtable

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Having the opportunity to sit down with a successful entrepreneur and talk with them about their venture is sometimes a once in a lifetime experience, but for students involved in the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative, this opportunity comes around every year!  Read more about Entrepreneur Roundtable

Documentary Showing: Farmers for America

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

A public screening of the documentary, Farmers for America, and a young farmer panel discussion will be held on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Iowa State University Alumni Center located at 429 Alumni Lane in Ames, Iowa. 

Narrated by actor and host of Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe, the film was created to celebrate, inspire and support young farmers. This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary pizza with locally-sourced ingredients will be served prior to the film screening.  Read more about Documentary Showing: Farmers for America