Join Us At The Hotel at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids on March 7th & 8th!
This year’s EntreFest! will be like none you’ve ever seen before---with an expanded scope, new inspiring keynote talks from iconic Iowa entrepreneurs, innovation-focused breakouts, new workshops and a new bonus half-day (for the same low price)---this is a conference you won’t want to miss!
Speaker sampler (L to R, Top to Bottom): Kristen Monroe (Time Management in a 24/7 Job); Josh Cramer (Lean Startup Methodology); Theresa Bornbach (Having A Life Outside of Your Business) Chuck Peters (Innovating Inside A Big Company); Julie Zielinski (Building A Strong Brand); Steve West (Taking The Family Business Global), Macy Koch (Social Media 101), Wade Steenboek (Business Model Generation), Curtis Nelson (I Have An Idea, Now What?)
This year’s program is designed to cater to a much larger audience, including small business owners, startup entrepreneurs, people innovating inside big companies (we call those folks ‘intrapreneurs’), freelancers, wantrapreneurs (those are people who think they might have an entrepreneur inside of them, trying to get out) and economic developers that want to learn new ways to grow more entrepreneurs in their own communities.
EntreFest! 2013 is designed to bring together and strengthen Iowa’s entire entrepreneurial ecosystem: entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, small business owners, professional service providers, investors, economic developers, nonprofits, government officials, and more, to celebrate and showcase Iowa’s entrepreneurial spirit.
This year’s event will include inspirational speeches from iconic Iowa entrepreneurs, hands-on workshops to move your business forward, high-touch breakout sessions led by entrepreneurs who’ve been there, and of course, there’ll be lots of networking opportunities to meet like-minded people, fueled by a bountiful selection of some of the best food and drink Iowa has to offer---all with one goal in mind: to help you move your entrepreneurial ideas forward.
Our planning committee has worked hard this year to introduce new conference features and more meaningful opportunities to ensure you can make the most of your time at EntreFest! We’ve asked every presenter to up-their-game and make sure every session gives you specific opportunities to apply the teachings to your business, while you’re at the conference.
We’ve designed experiential learning opportunities that will have an immediate impact on how you think about your company; we’ve added workshops that will have attendees building new websites for their businesses (right at the conference!); we’ve created new networking sessions that will connect you with people who can answer your specific questions and solve your pressing problems, and we’ve added a few more surprises that we think you’re gonna like. Plus, we've held on to your old favorites like the Business Info Smorgasbord, Dream Big Grow Here Pitch Competition and many opportunities to make meaningful and lasting connections.
You don’t think we could fit that all into two days? Check out the full-program and speakers lineup and see for yourself! This is an EntreFest! like you’ve never seen it before!
Admission is just $119** and includes a two-day conference pass, four meals, the conference opening party, three keynote speeches, hands-on workshops, admission to over 25 breakout sessions, snacks and beverages throughout the conference, conference photos, an optional post-conference Design Thinking Workshop and admission to the 2013 Dream Big, Grow Here Pitch Competition Finals----where you will watch a lucky entrepreneur walk away with $10,000 in prize money---plus some more surprises we’ve got up our sleeve. Network with attendees before, during, and after on Twitter at #EntreFest.
** The EntreFest! Planning Committee is excited to announce a special full-conference pass for students priced at just $60, with a current student ID. Please contact Sarah Bey at 319-273-4324 or Sarah.Bey@uni.edu to register.