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Iowa Global Entrepreneurship Week

November 14 - 20

iowa-global-entrepreneurship-weekCountries across six continents are coming together to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. To think big. To turn their ideas into reality. To make their mark. 

With more than 40,000 events spread out over a seven day period in more than 120 countries, GEW offers individuals—entrepreneurs, small business owners and even ambitious high school students—a chance to unleash their ideas and discover their potential, risk-free.

We're celebrating all across Iowa with activities designed to reach every type of entrepreneur, from Main Street to classroom, from test lab to home office. Find all of the events and latest information about Iowa Global Entrepreneurship Week here!


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Monday, November 14th

5:00 pm - November Startup Stories | Cedar Rapids


Tuesday, November 15th

8:00 am - NIACC Entrepreneur for a Day (E4D) | Mason City

5:00 pm - Tech Brew | Mason City

8:00 am - Rose Francis Elevator Pitch Competition | Iowa City

9:45 am - Drake Lorentzen Hatchery Pitches | Des Moines


Wednesday, November 16th

8:00 am - 1 Million Cups Des Moines | Des Moines

6:00 pm - Start Smart Workshop | Mason City

9:00 am - 1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids | Cedar Rapids

10:00 am - Entrepreneurship at Drake | Des Moines

11:30 am - November Startup Stories | Des Moines

8:00 am - Rose Francis Elevator Pitch Competition | Iowa City


Thursday, November 17th

8:00 am - NIACC Entrepreneur for a Day (E4D) | Mason City

7:30 am - Startup Ames First Shot | Ames

11:30 am - 2016 Celebrate Business & Economic Impact Awards | Des Moines

12:00 pm - B.I.N.G. Lunch & Learn | West Des Moines  

Friday, November 18th

9:00 am - Iowa Rural Development Summit | Jefferson

10:00 am - NIACC Marketplace | Mason City

8:30 am - Strategic Innovation | Cedar Rapids

9:45 am - Drake Lorentzen Student Hatchery | Des Moines

8:00 am - Open Coworking & Whiskey Friday | Cedar Falls

Saturday, November 19th

9:00 am - Immigrant Entrepreneur Summit | Ankeny

9:30 am - Start Up Storm 2016 | Indianola

8:00 am - B.I.N.G. Sweat Equity Saturday | West Des Moines


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Post pictures from these events on our GEW wall, and tweet your highlights with the hashtag #GEWUSA. If you would like to have your Iowa Entrepreneurship Week events featured here, please email us the details at