Young Entrepreneur Convention

Young Entrepreneur Convention The 5th Young Entrepreneur Convention will take place in Ames, Iowa, in Fall 2021. Young Entrepreneur Convention (YEC) is an Entrepreneurial event held in Des Moines, Iowa.
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We believe in entrepreneurship as a career choice. We've created the movement YEC offers Keynote Speakers, Exhibitors, Networking, Entertainment, one of the largest Pitch Competitions in the United States. New in 2017, a food truck showdown and local breweries on site! Find out more information at http://www.youngentrepreneurconvention.com/

Mission: We believe in entrepreneurship as a career choice, and we've started the movement from the heart of Iowa, with the mission to help and support everyone with entrepreneurial spirit.

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Happy Friday, friends!As we continue to navigate the COVID pandemic, it has become clear that we will not be able to hos...
09/18/2020

Happy Friday, friends!

As we continue to navigate the COVID pandemic, it has become clear that we will not be able to host an in-person Young Entrepreneur Convention in 2020. We will miss you this year, but look forward to hosting a vibrant, valuable event, true to our “Founders Helping Founders” mission, in the Fall of 2021.

We offer a huge thank you to our sponsors for their continued support of the convention and this decision. We also thank our speakers – all of whom are currently on board to join us next Fall – for their flexibility.

For those who have purchased tickets, we are issuing a full refund this week. We are also cancelling all tickets that were claimed as part of our sponsor packages. These tickets will need to be reclaimed when registration opens in Spring 2021.

While we are disappointed we are unable to host an event during 2020, we are confident that this shared experience of building businesses during a pandemic will result in some robust conversation when we come together next Fall.

Watch our social media channels for a specific date sometime after the first of the year.

Thank you for your continued support … We can’t wait to reconnect with you all and wish you well until we can gather again!

Our future YEConvention Speaker, Alyx, is going strong with her 2nd Kickstarter campaign! You have a chance to support t...
08/04/2020
The Agenda. App

Our future YEConvention Speaker, Alyx, is going strong with her 2nd Kickstarter campaign! You have a chance to support this Iowa founder's vision and mission over the next 26 days!

Turning the MAGIC of The Agenda. Period Planner digital, where Period Planning Meets Productivity.

Our first year Elevator Pitch Competition winner, KinoSol (Mikayla Sullivan), has created Launch Impact, a platform that...
06/08/2020
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Our first year Elevator Pitch Competition winner, KinoSol (Mikayla Sullivan), has created Launch Impact, a platform that helps social impact entrepreneurs (or anyone wanting to solve a problem) learn the steps to get from idea to launch.

They've put out their first video course for FREE!

Launch Impact is designed to social impact entrepreneurs, or anyone wanting to solve a problem learn the steps to get from an idea to launching and growing your impact. We’re focused on helping others find and implement their BIG ideas.

Congrats to all of these companies receiving IEDA funding, including last year's Elevator Pitch Competition finalist, Sh...
04/20/2020
IEDA awards innovation funding to five startups | Clay and Milk

Congrats to all of these companies receiving IEDA funding, including last year's Elevator Pitch Competition finalist, Shop Where I Live!

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board has approved innovation funding for five Iowa startups.

Happening this Sunday, April 19, is the InterConnect Conference! This free and virtual event was created by students fro...
04/17/2020
InterConnect Conference 2020

Happening this Sunday, April 19, is the InterConnect Conference!

This free and virtual event was created by students from universities spanning coast to coast (including Iowa State University), who sought to fulfill the need of entrepreneurs and professionals, young and old, seeking connection and inspiration during a time of social distancing.

• Learn new ideas from speakers and each other
• Giveaways worth up to $1,500!
• Register now at https://hopin.to/events/interconnect-conference-2020

Welcome to InterConnect 2020! We are a organized conference composed by leaders from across the United States. Aiming to educate, motivate, and equip young and old entrepreneurs with knowledge to move forward in the business world during unprecedented...

Some great information for founders from America's SBDC Iowa...
04/07/2020

Some great information for founders from America's SBDC Iowa...

Have questions about SBA economic relief programs? Your local SBDC business advisors can help you prepare to apply and provide guidance on what's best for your business.

Contact your closest SBDC center at www.iowasbdc.org, and click on Request Counseling on the upper banner.

MANAGING DURING COVID-19: ADVICE FOR STARTUPS
04/06/2020
Managing During COVID-19: Advice for Startups

MANAGING DURING COVID-19: ADVICE FOR STARTUPS

As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic reverberate across the global health care system and economies, our first priority is to ensure the safety and health of our families, employees, and colleagues. Businesses of all sizes are balancing employee health and safety with new restrictions and a

A great lineup of keynotes being offered by our friends at EntreFEST ... check out details below!
04/01/2020

A great lineup of keynotes being offered by our friends at EntreFEST ... check out details below!

🔑📝ANNOUNCEMENT
We've officially announced our four (yes, FOUR!) keynote presenters for this year! Arlan Hamilton is the founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm that exclusively invests in companies founded by women, people of color, and LGBTQ entrepreneurs—AND she started Backstage Capital while homeless! She is also the author of "It's About Damn Time," a book about her journey and harnessing our own capacity for leadership and risk-taking. Arlan's keynote is made possible by our partnership with Women Lead Change—a partnership we are grateful for.

Arlan will provide attendees with insights from the perspective of an outsider with the knowledge of an expert in the field.

You can see our full list of speakers on the website: https://entrefest.com/about/speakers

An Open Letter to Startup Founders Everywhere in a Time of Crisis - Hi, I'm David G. Cohen
03/31/2020
An Open Letter to Startup Founders Everywhere in a Time of Crisis - Hi, I'm David G. Cohen

An Open Letter to Startup Founders Everywhere in a Time of Crisis - Hi, I'm David G. Cohen

March 30, 2020 Founders, I’m talking to you. I’m one of you. Your world and mine are different than they were three weeks ago. A virus has changed everything for your businesses and for your family. You’re being bombarded by advice for what to do (including mine), and trying to figure out .....

Happening next Thursday March 26 at 1 pm CST, Techstars Iowa is hosting a virtual and free, Ask Me Anything Event. Regis...
03/20/2020
Techstars Iowa: Learn More About the Program and Meet the Team! - Crowdcast

Happening next Thursday March 26 at 1 pm CST, Techstars Iowa is hosting a virtual and free, Ask Me Anything Event.

Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/ts_iowa_1/register

The panel includes:

Kerty Levy - Managing Director, Techstars Iowa

Jainen Thayer - Chief Investment Officer, Grinnell College

Lynn Allendorf - Director at John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, Iowa

Judi Eyles - Director at John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and CyBiz Lab, Iowa State

Register now for Techstars's event on Crowdcast, scheduled to go live on Thursday March 26, 2020 at 12:00 pm MDT.

This is as unique a St. Patrick's Day as we've ever seen ... no matter how you choose to celebrate (AWAY FROM CROWDS, PL...
03/17/2020

This is as unique a St. Patrick's Day as we've ever seen ... no matter how you choose to celebrate (AWAY FROM CROWDS, PLEASE!) we offer up a hearty Celtic toast (and a life hack!) in wishing you a wonderful day! 🍀

In response to the coronavirus pandemic and CDC recommendations to limit large gatherings for the foreseeable future, we...
03/16/2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic and CDC recommendations to limit large gatherings for the foreseeable future, we have made the decision to postpone Young Entrepreneur Convention to the fall.

We are working to secure a date and anticipate we will be able to announce that date in May. Our speakers remain committed to the event and we anticipate our full lineup will be available in the fall. The plan is to host the event in Ames as originally scheduled.

We appreciate your understanding as this pandemic has changed life in the near term for all of us. We also thank our sponsors for supporting us in making this decision and standing behind a move to the fall.

Continue to watch our social media channels for information as it develops. We are continually humbled by your support of our vision of bringing startups together in an environment that is rich for Founders Helping Founders.

#YEConV

We are ready to share more about our speaker lineup - which includes notable names from Eastern Iowa - with the crew at ...
03/11/2020

We are ready to share more about our speaker lineup - which includes notable names from Eastern Iowa - with the crew at 1 Million Cups Iowa City!

We are set up and ready to mingle at 1 Million Cups Iowa City ... we have had awesome support from founders in eastern I...
03/11/2020

We are set up and ready to mingle at 1 Million Cups Iowa City ... we have had awesome support from founders in eastern Iowa and are looking forward to engaging with attendees today!

We are excited to have Alyx share her founder journey at #YEConV!
03/03/2020
Clay & Milk

We are excited to have Alyx share her founder journey at #YEConV!

Iowa City-based startup The Agenda. Period has designed a planner to help women connect their business tasks with their monthly cycle.

A familiar face and driving force in Iowa's startup scene, Eric Engelmann will share his experiences as a founder at #YE...
03/02/2020

A familiar face and driving force in Iowa's startup scene, Eric Engelmann will share his experiences as a founder at #YEConV.

Eric founded Geonetric in 1999 - the company is still going strong in Cedar Rapids today - and founded the nonprofit NewBoCo, which operates Iowa Startup Accelerator, DeltaV Code School, and many other initiatives that support entrepreneurs, technical talent, and corporate innovation.

In addition, he is currently raising a $30M venture fund for Iowa companies called ISA Ventures.

To learn more, see the schedule and get your tickets, visit yeconvention.com!

Good luck to the finalists ... we hope to see you all pitching at #YEConV
02/26/2020
Iowa State Entrepreneurship

Good luck to the finalists ... we hope to see you all pitching at #YEConV

26 finalists from the College-by-College Pitch Off have advanced to the Innovation Pitch tomorrow! Swing on by The Maintenance Shop tomorrow evening from 5:00 - 8:30 to hear from all the finalists as they compete for $12,000 in cash prizes!

Thanks to The Ames Tribune for featuring our month-long competition!

https://www.amestrib.com/news/20200225/isu-finalists-to-compete-at-innovation-pitch-competition-on-thursday

“No one cares you start businesses…”A few weeks ago, YECon co-founder Clayton Mooney stopped in my office and gave me a ...
02/25/2020

“No one cares you start businesses…”

A few weeks ago, YECon co-founder Clayton Mooney stopped in my office and gave me a little gift: A hat that read “No one cares you run ultras.” It’s funny, because 99.9999% of folks really don’t care. Only those who have attempted the feat of running 30+ miles over often-rugged terrain can really relate.

I get it. It makes sense.

There are few of us who are interested in something we in no way relate to.

And guess what? The same is true for founders.

There are few outside those who have walked the walk who have even a remote interest in talking the talk. That is why it is so important for young founders to surround themselves with those who have “been there, done that” and those who are in the midst of the journey RIGHT NOW.

Creating a forum for founders helping founders is exactly why we established YECon five years ago. In 2020, we are excited to come together on the campus of Iowa State University in the new Student Innovation Center to share stories, connect with others navigating a similar path, and learn from those who have had success in founding companies.

We hope you will join us at #YEConV on April 4.

To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit us at yeconvention.com.

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Michael Guerin will offer an international perspective on issues impacting young founders at #YEConV.The Programme Manag...
02/21/2020

Michael Guerin will offer an international perspective on issues impacting young founders at #YEConV.

The Programme Manager of Smart Docklands Dublin (Ireland), Michael works to offer startups and innovators an opportunity to trial and test technology in an urban environment.

Michael engages with more 300 stakeholders in The Docklands -- notable partners include Google, Softbank, Microsoft and Intel -- with the goal of creating smart city solutions with the citizen and communities at the centre. He leads the 5G projects in Dublin, including a world's first 5G small cell deployment with Dense Air and 5G PPP Euro2020 Trial.

Previously, Michael has worked with startups as Digital Lead for Startup Ireland and led events such as The Startup Gathering, UpStarter, Startup Island and Startup Nations Summit.

We can't wait to hear more on how we can build stronger communities for startups and innovators right here in Iowa!

Get tickets and learn more at yeconvention.com!

The organizing team got an awesome tour of our INCREDIBLE new venue for #YEConV this morning ... much, much, MUCH more i...
02/20/2020

The organizing team got an awesome tour of our INCREDIBLE new venue for #YEConV this morning ... much, much, MUCH more in the days to come on our speaking lineup, schedule, sponsors and other details.

Let the countdown begin!

As Techstars Iowa readies to launch, we are excited to welcome its Managing Director, Kerty Levy, to the stage at #YECon...
02/18/2020

As Techstars Iowa readies to launch, we are excited to welcome its Managing Director, Kerty Levy, to the stage at #YEConV.

Kerty is a tech and startup veteran with wide-ranging experience in leadership roles from coast-to-coast and internationally. She promises to provide practical advice to help young founders move their businesses forward.

Get your tickets today at yeconvention.com!

That feeling when you're getting ready to reveal the 2020 pitch competition t-shirt between YECon and RAYGUNshirts ...We...
02/13/2020

That feeling when you're getting ready to reveal the 2020 pitch competition t-shirt between YECon and RAYGUNshirts ...

We will make the reveal in our February e-newsletter (and share details on claiming YOUR spot in the competition).

Sign up here: https://buff.ly/2HHONOR

How are YOU supporting the youngest among us? YECon co-founder Andrew Zalasky penned this piece for Clay & Milk implorin...
02/13/2020

How are YOU supporting the youngest among us?

YECon co-founder Andrew Zalasky penned this piece for Clay & Milk imploring founders who have experienced success to lend a hand up to founders just finding their way.

We are interested in hearing your take ... is there true value in "Founders Helping Founders?"

Link here: https://buff.ly/31SXZv9

We are excited to welcome Iowa-based founder Alyx Coble-Frakes to the stage at #YEConV.Alyx is a Holistic Coach and the ...
02/07/2020

We are excited to welcome Iowa-based founder Alyx Coble-Frakes to the stage at #YEConV.

Alyx is a Holistic Coach and the CEO and Co-Founder of The Agenda. Period. She specializes in period empowerment.

After returning from the Peace Corps in 2015, Alyx felt out of touch with her own health, so she started on a path of healing. This healing became her passion and she now works with female entrepreneurs to help harness the power of their monthly cycle for maximum impact and revenue in their businesses.

#YEConV is set for April 4 in Ames. Get your tickets here: https://buff.ly/2HHONOR!

Pitch Season is upon us ... Congrats to the first trio to take home a check in the College-by-College Pitch Off at Iowa ...
02/07/2020

Pitch Season is upon us ... Congrats to the first trio to take home a check in the College-by-College Pitch Off at Iowa State University!

Congratulations to the College-by-College Pitch Off winners and to all who participated in the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine! Yesterday we kicked off the FIRST College Pitch Off, and the VetMed students did an outstanding job pitching their ideas in 90-seconds, followed by Q&A.

Winners: Nicholas Schmit (4th year), $500 cash prize
Kate Alucard (2nd year), $500 cash prize
Kelsey Deaver (3rd year), $250 cash prize

Special shout-out to our experienced judges: Kevin Kimle and Lisa Shimkat! Iowa State Ag Entrepreneurship Initiative America's SBDC Iowa

Dr. Erik Reis', DC, DACNB, experience in clinical practice has inspired him to study ways to address a single question: ...
01/31/2020

Dr. Erik Reis', DC, DACNB, experience in clinical practice has inspired him to study ways to address a single question: “How can WE make work a healthier place?”

He will take the stage at #YEConV and provide insight on how to fully maximize brain function and cognitive performance to optimize workplace productivity and employee engagement.

Get your ticket today at https://buff.ly/2R3tleU!

01/30/2020
1 Million Cups Ames

We were excited to see Zach Kowalik of Quick Covers present at 1 Million Cups Ames on Wednesday.

Zach was the winner of the #YEConvention Pitch Competition in 2019 and has an inspiring founder story.

If you are working on the "next big thing" you MUST check out our Pitch Competition ... with more than $50,000 in cash and prizes, it could be the springboard to take your new venture to the next level.

Details and tickets here: yeconvention.com

We are stoked to welcome Chipper Bro Bell to the stage at #YEConvention! 🤙The former Gatekeeper at Patagonia and Founder...
01/28/2020

We are stoked to welcome Chipper Bro Bell to the stage at #YEConvention! 🤙

The former Gatekeeper at Patagonia and Founder of Surfclass.com, Chipper shares experiences and anecdotes decades of putting the customer first in a talk titled “Living the Brand.” 🏄

YEConvention is April 4 in Ames. Grab tickets at YEConvention.com! 🎟

Flying in from San Francisco, we are excited to welcome Nivi Achanta to the stage at #YEConvention 2020. Nivi is an entr...
01/17/2020

Flying in from San Francisco, we are excited to welcome Nivi Achanta to the stage at #YEConvention 2020. Nivi is an entrepreneur and technology consultant.

She writes and speaks about gender, education, and sustainability. Nivi is the founder & CEO of The Soapbox Project, a platform that empowers busy people to take action on social issues in 1 minute or less.

You can find her articles and podcast episodes at https://buff.ly/36ZtANo.

Learn more about YEConvention 2020 and get your tickets at yeconvention.com.

This is a great opportunity to perfect your pitch in advance of #YEConvention 2020 ... way to go Iowa State Entrepreneur...
01/17/2020

This is a great opportunity to perfect your pitch in advance of #YEConvention 2020 ... way to go Iowa State Entrepreneurship!

The College-by-College Pitch off is back, and bigger than ever! We are giving away $22,500 in cash prizes this year, and all you have to do is pitch a business or idea for 90 seconds!

Whether you have a business you are working on, or just have an idea, we have categories for both! Sign up today for your college's pitch off.

https://www.isupjcenter.org/competitions/college-pitch-off/

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College of Design @ Iowa State University
ISU College of Engineering
Iowa State University – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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Founders Helping Founders

The Young Entrepreneur Convention is an annual event connecting successful founders with founders preparing to launch and scale.

We are devoted to providing a forum in which seasoned founders share what has and has not worked in building companies, with early stage founders and college students who are interested in launching their own companies.

YEC is the starting point for founders who want to learn about the ups and downs of starting a company. By offering an immersive one-day experience that includes in-depth talks from successful founders, ample opportunities for networking, and the largest single-day elevator pitch competition in the United States, we are offering these founders a hand up, while accelerating their understanding of what it takes to build, scale and eventually succeed.

Outside of the Young Entrepreneur Convention, we are committed to curating a community that supports young founders. Everything we do is driven by our mission; founders helping founders. To learn more, visit us at yeconvention.com.

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