Prepare students for the future

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.

Course details


  • 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)
  • 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.)
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Summer 2024

Online - BizInnovator Startup Certification Program

Dates: June 11 - July 25, 2024

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Central Time

(Dates to hold, final 10 sessions TBD - June 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, July 9, 11, 23, 25) 


Onsite - At Business Horizons


Dates: July 14, 15, & 18, 2024

Offered in partnership with the Iowa Association for Business and Industry Foundation.

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.)

Observe DesignDash in action, get hands on ideas to take back to your program.

Cost: is $50!  1 optional grad credit available for $149.


Fall 2024

Online - BizInnovator Startup Certification Program

Dates: September 10 -  November 19, 2024

Time: Tuesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m Central Time.

(Dates to hold, final 10 sessions TBD - September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19)


Winter/Spring 2024

Online - BizInnovator Startup Certification Program

Dates: January 23 - April 9, 2024

Time: Tuesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Central Time.

(January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 19, April 2, 9)