Experience great networking opportunities and gain newfound knowledge through a variety of events offered in our region. Take advantage of these events to connect with entrepreneurs, small business owners, community leaders, city representatives and other like-minded people. For upcoming dates and times, check out our Events Calendar

Biz Brew


Biz Brew is a networking event that aims to bring people together who are interested in fostering a startup community and creating a positive environment for businesses to grow 

First Friday Coffee


Join local small business owners, entrepreneurs, community leaders and other like-minded individuals for coffee and networking the first Friday of every month. A great way to meet others and share stories, struggles and successes.   

Venture School


Venture School ​is a program designed to aid aspiring entrepreneurs in accelerating the startup process through real-world experimentation and valuable feedback. 

Startup Factory


ISU Startup Factory is a program designed to help businesses bring new products to the market and work with companies to make them attractive to outside capital investors.

Google Workshop


This workshop helps small businesses and startups improve their information where customers search for them the most: Google.

Iowa Startup Games


Iowa Startup Games brings college students together to pitch their business idea, form teams around the top ideas and create a business in a weekend.

Dream Big Grow Here


Entrepreneurs in northwest Iowa counties can submit their business or startup ideas for a chance to win thousands in cash prizes at  

Innovation Market


Innovation Market is an annual business idea competition hosted by the Sioux City Growth Organization that aims to take ideas and turn them into reality. Financial awards are given to the top 2 ideas.  

Swimming with the Sharks


Siouxland entrepreneurs will have 5 minutes to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges in Swimming with the Sharks for a chance to receive grants to help them grow their business. 

Food Truck Fridays


Take in the summer air and dine curbside in downtown Sioux City with Food Truck Fridays! The event features locally owned food trucks and their unique cuisine every Friday from 11am-1pm during the months of June, July and August. 



With nearly two weeks in February dedicated to innovation, growth, networking and collaboration, Entrepalooza is full of opportunities to foster your ideas.  

Launch Week


Launch Week is a week-long series of events held annually in the fall that aims to inspire, motivate and promote collaboration among professionals.