Be better equipped to get your students college and career ready. Take a deep dive into the BizInnovator Startup curriculum and modern methodologies, like Design Thinking and Lean Startup, with BizInnovator Startup professional development. Although the curriculum toolkit can be licensed without taking the online certification course, we recommend the course for its supplemental knowledge and resources. The course helps teachers fully leverage the toolkit and enhance entrepreneurship education. Plus, educators who successfully complete BizInnovator Startup professional development are certified to offer high school students the opportunity to earn transferable college credit.


  • Licensed educator: Priority is given to licensed high school business or marketing teachers
  • Cost: $299
  • Course materials: The BizInnovator Startup curriculum toolkit (Sign up and purchase the toolkit for an additional $149 if you do not already have it - curriculum toolkit free for Iowa educators for the 2023-24 school year)
  • Video conferencing: Zoom software (free)
  • No travel expenses: The course is 10 two-hour sessions held entirely online.
  • Graduate credits: Choose to earn up to three graduate credit hours from the University of Iowa. Cost is an additional $149 for one credit, $279 for two credits, or $399 for three credits*.
    • *Participants who opt to earn 3 graduate credits will work with instructor to create a work plan for additional work to be completed
  • Certification: Upon completion, you will be certified to offer Entrepreneurship to high school students for three transferable University of Iowa credits. (Note: This is not a dual enrollment program.)


BizInnovator Startup professonal development is held online three times per year. As a reminder, you must have an active BizInnovator Startup license or sign up and purchase it for an additional $149 if you do not already have one. 

Spring BizInnovator

Online - BizInnovator Startup Certification Program
  • Dates: January 24 - April 11, 2023
  • Time: Meets each Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. Central Time. (January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 28, April 4, 11)


Summer BizInnovator training

Online - BizInnovator Startup Certification Program
  • Dates: Tuesday, June 13, through Tuesday, July 25, 2023
  • Time: Ten sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. Central Time (June 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29, July 11, 13, 18, 25)


Onsite at Startup Weekend Iowa City
  • Dates: July 14-16, 2023
  • Offered in partnership with Iowa EdTech Collaborative, Iowa City Area Development, and Techstars Iowa in Iowa City
  • Great as a stand alone or paired with online PD above
    • Must complete online program in order to offer college credit to high school students
  • Learn to think, work, and build like a startup in 54 hours
  • Cost is $25!  1 optional grad credit available for $149.

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Onsite at Business Horizons

Information for Summer 2023 coming soon!

Fall BizInnovator PD

Online - BizInnovator Startup Certification Program
  • Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 12, through Tuesday, Nov. 14
  • Time: Meets each Tuesday from 4-6 p.m Central Time. (September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 14, 21)