Spring 2024 Registration now open!
April 10 - Iowa City
April 26 - Cedar Rapids
May 2 - Ottumwa
Educator & administrator registration
Mentor & volunteer registration
The Jacobson Institute presents startup events engaging high school students and educators in one-day, fast paced entrepreneurial excursions. HS students work in teams with entrepreneurs/business & industry partners to solve problems they face using entrepreneurial solutions that drive innovation forward. This is authentic, experiential learning at its best!
Thanks to sponsors, DesignDash is provided to Iowa students, educators, and community partners at no cost.
Iowa high school students and their teachers. Entrepreneurs and business/industry partners who want to get involved.
Target Audiences: Entrepreneurial-minded, Startup/Innovation, Engineering, Design, Hackers, Tech Gurus, Problem Finders & Solvers, Creatives, Gamers, 3D, Artists
Mentor and volunteer registration for fall 2023
Each teacher registers a maximum of 10 students for the day-long startup event. Registration will be determined by a combination of the following: date of registration, number of schools/school districts represented. Registration will be confirmed 4 weeks prior to the DesignDash event. The teachers attending will be actively engaged and able to earn graduate credit for their participation.
Fall 2023 sponsors
We are very grateful to the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and College of Education, Grant Wood Area Education Agency, Iowa EdTech Collaborative, Central Rivers Area Education Agency, and Heartland Area Education Agency for sponsoring our fall events!
Innovation programs for students and educators
Students - Business Horizons is a five-day innovation simulation bringing students (grades 9-12) of all experience levels from across the state of Iowa together to gain a better sense of how their skills connect to the business world and the real world. Held annually in the summer.
Teachers - 2 day, onsite, professional development offered by BizInnovator Startup. Held annually in conjunction with Business Horizons, more information to come for 2024!
Students and Teachers - join in this community weekend entrepreneurial event! Held annually in the summer - stay tuned!