Category Archives: news

The Pappajohn Center brings the Startup Factory Network to North Iowa

February 9, 2018 The NIACC Pappajohn Center and North Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) now offer the Startup Factory Network for the first time in rural Iowa. Startup Factory is an innovative program for entrepreneurs to take promising high-growth ideas to market. The first three Startup Factory classes (or cohorts) were only offered on-campus…
Read more

A Little Healthy Competition

February 2, 2018 Spring is just around the corner, and it’s the season when an entrepreneur’s thoughts turn to competition. One of the really fun things we get to do here at the Pappajohn Center is help entrepreneurs and students compete for recognition, funding, and awards. Entrepreneurial competitions don’t just award glory (though that’s nice…
Read more

The Spinal Tap Approach to Customer Discovery

January 26, 2018 Should you turn the volume up to 11? You’re an entrepreneur with a startup in search of market glory and the million dollar win. But to win, you have to fail fast; you must discover if there’s really a market for your idea before burning time, money, or relationships. Some of your…
Read more

Why do I need a Business Plan?

January 19, 2018 Sometimes it feels like writing a business plan is a roadblock preventing you from actually getting your business started. When you’re passionate about an idea and frustrated at the thought of delaying it for even a moment longer, it’s tempting to wonder “Do I need a business plan? Can’t I just go do it?”…
Read more