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 competition where students, of all areas of study, pitch their startup ideas. 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 network with community members, and begin to think like an entrepreneur. There is also the opportunity to earn one credit hour - at no cost (Iowa City location only), and free food (all weekend long)! How can you pass that up?


  • Create a business in a weekend
  • Grow your professional network and meet innovative students from across campus
  • Option to earn one credit hour - at no cost! (Iowa City location only)
  • Free food and beverages throughout the entire weekend


  • If you are a college student - you're in! The only requirement is that 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.


Check back soon for dates for our Fall 2018 Iowa Startup Games.

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