Team up. Pitch Ideas. Create a business in a weekend.

Dive into the entrepreneurial culture with your classmates at Iowa Startup Games! This is a three-day event where students, from all areas of study, pitch their ideas to have an impact. After you pitch, you will form teams and work together to bring the best ideas to life. By the third day, each team will pitch to a group of panelists for a chance to win cash prizes. You will learn problem-solving skills, have the opportunity to meet with community members, and begin to think like a creative entrepreneur. There is also the opportunity to earn one credit hour (if you are a full-time registered UI student, this may be available to you at no cost) and we feed you (all weekend long)! Bring your ideas to life in a creative and collaborative weekend!

  • Spring 2020 Iowa Startup Games will be held February 28 - March 1
  • The application will be open to UI students to apply beginning on January 27
  • The deadline to apply is February 14


  • Share your ideas with like minded students
  • Learn how to bring your ideas to life by working with a team to create a business in a weekend
  • Grow your contacts and network for the future
  • Option to earn one credit hour
    • If you are a full time registered UI students taking 12+ credits, this may be available to you at no cost!


  • You must be a UI student currently enrolled in courses.
  • Your idea must be new.
    • *Your idea cannot be a developed business that you have already been pursuing. If you have received revenue, funding, or professional support (including the Founders Club) for this specific idea it will not be eligible. If you are unsure if your idea is eligible or not, please contact us at
  • You must be able to attend the majority of the planned events throughout the weekend, your team will be depending on you.
    • *If you would like to participate but have a scheduling conflict, please contact to discuss your eligibility for this program.


Have more questions? Download our Frequently Asked Questions handout to find out more about Iowa Startup Games.

No idea? No Problem.

If you don't have an idea for a startup it's no problem. You will be able to choose a team whose idea you like - and join their team. Iowa Startup Games is designed to create a new business with a team, not by yourself.


The next Iowa Startup Games will be held on February 28 - March 1, 2020. The application will open on January 27 and will close on February 14.

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