The Jacobson Institute and the Iowa EdTech Collaborative partner to host a startup event engaging high school students and educators in a one-day, fast paced entrepreneurial excursion. Participants work in teams to solve problems they face using entrepreneurial solutions that drive innovation forward.  
Iowa High School Students and Their Teachers
Target Audience: Entrepreneurial-minded, Startup/Innovation, Engineering, Design, Hackers, Tech Gurus, Problem Finders & Solvers, Creatives, Gamers, 3D, Artists
Each teacher brings a maximum of 10 students to MERGE, downtown Iowa City, for a day-long startup event. The teachers attending will be actively engaged and able to earn graduate credit for their participation.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thank you to everyone for the enthusiastic response!  We have reached our cap for student participation for our October 11th event!  We welcome community partners and educators to still register and participate as mentors, volunteers, or just observers of the event.


Check back soon to find the next dates and locations for DesignDash this coming spring!
Educators and Community Partners Register Here

Innovation Programs for Students and Educators:

Innovator Competition

Students - every Fall and Spring you have the opportunity to submit your business idea to win up to $1,500 in capital seed money!

Teachers - invite your students to submit their ideas!

Business Horizons

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. 2023 dates coming soon.

Teachers - 2 day, onsite, professional development offered by BizInnovator Startup. 2023 dates coming soon.

Startup Weekend

Students and Teachers - join in this community weekend entrepreneurial event! 2023 dates coming soon. 

Educator opportunities:

Professional Development with Opportunity to Offer High School Students College Credit:

Curriculum Toolkits: