Students Learn the Value of Entrepreneurship at Iowa State University Event

(Ames, Iowa – April 5, 2016) – The Iowa State University Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative (AgEI) hosted their annual Spring Entrepreneur Roundtable at the Iowa State University Memorial Union Cardinal Room on Thursday, April 31st. During the event, students talked firsthand with entrepreneurs about the opportunities, as well as the difficulties, of starting a business.

The night started with dinner and words from the keynote speaker, Dave Muth, Senior Vice President of Analytics at AgSolver. Other roundtable guests included Kevin Maher, GlobalVetLink; Ash Bruxvoort, Farm Social Marketing; Cody Shay, Advanced Ag, LLC; and Chad Watkins, Battlecry Iowa Smokehouse and Bar, Smiles and Gyros.

The night consisted of a series of rotating roundtable discussions in an informal setting allowing students to talk candidly with entrepreneurs about their entrepreneurial journey. Students were introduced to the challenges and rewards of starting a business.

 “It is a great opportunity for students to learn from experienced entrepreneurs. I enjoyed hearing about their success as well as their future plans”.  Said Nick Dittmar, a junior in Agricultural Business and International Agriculture. “I look forward to attending more events in the future.”



The Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative at Iowa State University was established in 2005. The initiative works to broaden understanding of entrepreneurship among faculty and students of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University by providing educational experiences to develop students' entrepreneurial skills and increase interaction among students, faculty and agricultural entrepreneurs.


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Caption: More than 40 students attended the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative Entrepreneur Roundtable on April 31st featuring five roundtable guests who shared their personal entrepreneurial experiences.