Venture School

Venture School

Venture School is a 6-week training program designed to accelerate the startup process while increasing your chance for success.


Upcoming Venture School Dates

Venture School Iowa City – Begins January 2015
(Application deadline: December 7)

Kick-Off: January 20, 7 pm

Opening Workshop: January 21, 22, 23, 8 am

Weekly Meetings:
January 29, 5 – 9 pm
February 5, 5 – 9pm
February 12, 5 – 9 pm
February 19, 5 – 9 pm

Closing Workshop: February 26 & 27, 8 am

Venture School Quad Cities – Begins March 2015
(Application deadline: February 6)

Information Sessions:
January 15 @ noon (Lunch Provided) at the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce (331 W. 3rd Street, Davenport)
January 15 @ 5:30 pm (Hors d’oeuvres Provided) at the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce (331 W. 3rd Street, Davenport)

Kick-Off: March 3, 7 pm

Opening Workshop: March 4, 5, 6

Weekly Meetings:
March 12, 5 – 8:30 pm
March 26, 5 – 8:30 pm
April 2, 5 – 8:30 pm
April 9, 5 – 8:30 pm

Closing Workshop: April 16 & 17, 8 am

Venture School Western Iowa – Begins March 29th 

Application Process

Have an idea?
After filling out the online application, you will be scheduled for an interview with our teaching team. Once accepted into Venture School there will be a $500 fee to reserve your spot. Apply to a cohort near you today!

Want to be part of a team?
If you do not have an idea but would like to be placed on a Venture School team, apply to be a Team Member!

 Program Overview

Venture School emphasizes real-world entrepreneurship through experiential learning, a flipped classroom and immediate feedback.

Your team will accelerate the start-up process by testing your business hypotheses immediately. You will get out of the building to talk to customers, partners and competitors, rather than relying on static case studies and secondhand market research.

You will encounter first-hand the chaos and uncertainty of commercializing innovations and creating new ventures, and will be challenged to create your own business model, making pivots or preserving based on your findings.

Benefits include:

  • Discover a great market for your technology or idea.
  • Learn from people who have real world knowledge.
  • Appreciate what it takes to commercialize technology and the barriers to adoption.
  • Develop your business model and strengthen you knowledge of business concepts and procedures.
  • Expand your network by connecting with teachers, investors, customers and mentors.
  • Meet the players that can help you move your idea forward.


 NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) Curriculum

Venture School instructors have attended the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Lean LaunchPad training. This approach focuses on flipped classroom teaching, lean methodologies and customer discovery.

  • View a sample Venture School cohort schedule (download)
  • View a sample list of Venture School team assignments (download)



View our FAQ page or contact Jennifer Ott.

Venture School Application

Next Venture School Begins:

January 22, 2015 - Iowa City/Cedar Rapids
(Application Closed)

March 3 2015 - Quad Cities

Apply Today