Entrepreneurship Workshop

When: Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Where: 2520D UCC (University Capitol Center/Old Capitol Mall)

Are you a student interested in starting a business? Are you a creative thinker who is constantly thinking of new products and services? Join us for an afternoon and discover resources on campus that can introduce you to the entrepreneurial process.

The workshop will cover:

  • Learning how to start a business
  • Creating a business plan
  • Identifying your customers and key players (market research)
  • Understanding Patents & Trademarks
  • Discovering campus resources

Speakers include Damian Porcari, Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office, to speak about the value of patents and trademarks. There will be an interactive business startup discussion led by staff from the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Center. A panel of local inventors and entrepreneurs will be present to speak on their real-world experiences with innovation and entrepreneurship.


12:30 pm  – 1 pm: Registration
1 pm – 1:30 pm: Introduction to Patents & Trademarks (Kari Kozak, Engineering Library)
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm: US Patent and Trademark Office (Damian Porcari, Director of the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office)
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Resource Tables/Break/Snacks
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm:  Market Information: Identify customers and key players in your market (Kim Bloedel, Business Library)
3:45 pm – 4:30 pm: Introduction to Business Plans (Lynn Allendorf, John Papajohn Entrepreneurial Center)
4:30 pm – 4:40 pm: Break
4:40 pm – 5:30 pm: Entrepreneurs Panel


Exhibitors include:

  • University of Iowa Research Foundation
  • Engineering Technology Center (Electronics & Machine Shop)
  • John Papajohn Entrepreneurial Center
  • Enactus
  • and more to come


Entrepreneurs Panel include:

  • DeFoggles & Flora Keep,  Founder: Eric Brosch, Biochemistry with a minor in Chemistry, Entrepreneurial Management certificate, Summer 2019
  • No Limbits, Founder: Erica Cole, BA Chemistry –Spring 2019
  • Apollo, Founders: Jon Lensing, M.D. Medicine– Spring 2020 and Matt Grossmann, M.D. Medicine– Spring 2020



Register Today!