High School, College Students to Learn Entrepreneurial Skills at StartUpStorm 2017

Simpson College is inviting Des Moines metro-area entrepreneurs, college students and high school students to learn entrepreneurial skills at StartUp Storm 2017.

The event, which is free, will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 in the Kent Student Center on the Simpson College campus, 791 N. C St. in Indianola.

The Simpson College chapter of Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization is hosting this celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Creativity on Tap is the event’s theme, featuring a series of speakers and conversations discussing how to harness creativity, connect people to innovations, pitch and launch a venture and grow a successful brand.

Featured guests include Kelsey Byus of Tailgate Clothing Co & Twin Forks Trading Co.; Katie Byers of HomeDitty.com; Kyle Doyle of Iowa Distilling Company; and Molly Monk of NewBoCo. Ben McDougal of 1 Million Cups Des Moines will serve as emcee.

The first half of the event is directed at high school students, with Simpson professors John Walker and Derek Lyons and Simpson alum Molly Monk of NewBoCo presenting on entrepreneurship. The morning session will end with an activity for the high school students to practice entrepreneurial thinking.

The second portion of the event begins at 1 p.m., and Simpson students and local community college students are welcome to attend.

Speakers will include Byus, Monk, Byers and Doyle. The last session of the day is a Pitch Competition featuring Simpson students pitching their own business ideas, with $600 in prizes for the winners. Attendees are welcome to come and go in between sessions, but are encouraged to stay for the entire afternoon.

The event and pitch contest are being sponsored by the Simpson College chapter of CEO and metro-area entrepreneurs such as Riley Resource Group, Kielkopf Advisory Services, the EMERGE@Simpson program and EXIT Realty – Indianola.

More details about the event are available on Facebook at @SimpCoCEO and @SimpsonEMERGE and at @SimpsonEMERGE on Twitter.


John Walker, Simpson College CEO advisor