Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Conor Paulsen, currently a junior at the University of Iowa, is the CEO of GentlemenCare, a men’s fashion line of high-quality, locally sourced leather goods. While Paulsen thrives as an entrepreneur, he also wants to encourage gentlemen-like behavior through his company. He founded GentlemenCare with help from the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) and the Bedell Entrepreneurial Learning Laboratory (BELL).

Paulsen, an Iowa native, was expected to inherit the family farm but knew that he wanted to do something different. He moved to Chicago for a summer in order to narrow in on his calling, completing internships in marketing advertisement, fashion, private hedge fund research, and business development for a tech startup. The internships in Chicago led him back to Iowa City, where he joined the Enterprise Leadership major. He initially wanted to create a business around premium men’s socks, but pivoted when he realized the market wasn’t there. He pitched his idea for GentlemenCare to Jeff Nock, who oversees BELL, and was accepted. GentlemenCare has surpassed the $5,000 revenue mark needed to enter the UI Founders Club, bringing in $29,000 during its first year in business. Paulsen continues to balance his school work with GentlemenCare, leading the company through rapid growth and expansion.

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