Iowans have come to expect their schools to cost-effectively educate their children well. But with those expectations is the resignation that many of Iowa's most talented will leave the state. In this Imagine Iowa feature special attention will be paid to efforts to develop a generation of entrepreneurs.
Historically, the state's conservative investment climate has discouraged business start-ups, and what little venture capital that exists tends to flow to opportunities elsewhere, much like Iowa's children. The Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is seeking to reverse that trend.
Providing educational programs for students, internship opportunities with start-up companies, and assistance to new businesses the Pappajohn Center's mission is to enhance the entrepreneurial capacity of the State of Iowa.
The center also supports opportunities for younger students through the Youth Marketplace program. Sixth-grade students at Gilbert Elementary School create, market, and manage their own businesses.