Delta Upsilon and the EILC
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Learning Community has moved in with DU to create an environment of young entrepreneurs. The main purpose of the learning community coincides with the same values DU believes in. The EILC promotes an entrepreneurial mindset and developing leadership and networking skills as well as creating great opportunities for developing leaders. The EILC is a learning community program that branched out of the John Papajohn Entrepreneurial Center. Judi Eyles is the current director who teaches an entrepreneurial class on Tuesday mornings in the DU living room.
All DU members have the opportunity to take the class in-house for 1 credit; many DUs have been particpating and we hope it will continue to grow. Other members of DU have been interested in the Barista Café, a student started and operated café that was started from an EILC project 7 years ago.
The Barista was starting a new venture on campus involving a food truck. To raise funds, the Barista Café had a fundraiser during Homecoming where the Barista and DU members sold giant glow-in-the-dark cups in front of the house
DU members participated in the Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization conference through the Entrepreneur Club (an extension of the EILC). On Halloween weekend, the Entrepreneur Club along with several DU members left to go to Ft. Worth, Texas. They came back having learned more about how to start a company, character development and got to meet famous entrepreneurs such as Gene Landrum (owner of Chuck E. Cheese’s).
Shortly after the trip to Texas, DU and EILC members went to Des Moines for the Bi-Annual Start Up Job Crawl. Many took advantage of this opportunity and brought resumes and got to network with the new entreprenerial ventures just starting in Des Moines. Everyone had a great experience and learned about the local “Silicon Street” in Iowa!
The semester was then ended by having a formal etiquette prime rib Christmas Dinner. The EILC hosted the dinner where everyone learned how to eat properly and had fun celebrating the progress that DU and the EILC has made together.
The spring semester brought another opportunity for students to exercise their entrepreneurial minds. Startup Weekend was a 3 day marathon where different teams crafted and showed off their entrepreneurial ideas. The process included giving a pitch, forming a team, interacting with resourceful people, creating a product and presenting in front of a panel of judges. Two ventures were created from the DU house. Naipong Vang, Mark Kirschenman, and Alex Andrade teamed up to create “Dance Vs.” an online dance community where crews battled for digital turf. Ashley Hunter started “Rxminder” an application that would create reminders and correct dosage for people taking medication. All of this was publicized on the Des Moines Register, Silicon Prairie News and Iowa State Daily!
Also the EILC and DU members have been working to create the First Innovation Pitch Competition, that was on March 20th. During this event more than 20 students pitched their ideas to a panel of judges competing to win over $1000 in prize money. The pitches were separated by category and the best of those categories won cash prizes. Many DU members attended, and even a few participated in this great event!
With all this experience, participating DU members can qualify for scholarships from the Pappajohn Center
Be ready to see the next big idea come out of the DU house.