Student Resources

Student Organizations

Organizations available to Entrepreneurial Management majors include clubs, competitions, and conferences.


Enactus is a nonprofit student organization that strives "To bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business." The group completes yearly projects that impact the Des Moines community while following the Drake Enactus criterion: "Considering the relevant economic, social, and environmental factors, which Enactus team most effectively empowered people in need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve their quality of life and standard of living?"

Drake Enactus looks for members from all majors across campus from health sciences to business to education.

Lorentzen Hatchery 

The Lorentzen Student Hatchery is a unique program aimed at fostering student startups. Entrepreneurship centers staff provide guidance and support, access to mentors and experts, and more to Drake students accepted to the Hatchery. Students of any major, undergraduate and graduate, are welcome to apply to the Hatchery for the opportunity to get paid up to $10,000 while working on their own startup.

2015 Startup Teams were:

  • Dates for Two—Sam Lowry, Christ Fairbank, Garrett Carty and Braeden Stanley
  • Glimpse—Ethan Turner and Johnathan Osifuye-White
  • KZA—Keli Ziemann
  • Settled In—Alexi Delathouder and Brayton Deprey
  • Snippster—Kai Asberry

Project Bulldog

Every fall, Enactus sponsors Project Bulldog, a student business plan competition inspired by ABC's Shark Tank. Students are invited to combine their entrepreneurial spirit and passion to empower others and pitch their innovative ideas in front of a panel of Des Moines business leaders for a chance to win up to $500 dollars. This program is funded by the generous support of Dan Sinykin, JO ’86.

Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

Sponsored by John Pappajohn and Equity Dynamics, Inc., the Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is for Iowa college and university students who have an interest in starting their own business. This competition runs annually in the spring. Plans are judged based on content and viability of the plan. Winning ventures receive grants ranging from $500 to $5,000.

Startup Boot Camp for Women

Open to both community members and students, the Startup Boot Camp for Women is an engaging, four-day workshop that provides the tools you need to launch a business. Learn from area experts and entrepreneurs as they cover various topics and provide feedback on your business idea. Receive hands-on support and leave with a larger network to help you achieve success. This workshop is perfect for women who are considering business ownership and those who have already started navigating the waters of entrepreneurship.


October 19, 2016
The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship will host a free lecture this month titled “Getting Ahead with Almost Nothing: What Immigrant Communities Can Teach Us About Achieving the American Dream.”