Entrepreneurship Day

Muscatine Entrepreneurship Exposition


The Muscatine Entrepreneurship Exposition (E-Day) is held in early May every year. In 2015, the event was expanded to two days. As always, it featured local and regional entrepreneurs as keynote speakers, including:

Douglas Buster
President of Fabricators Plus

Buster will kick off the Muscatine Entrepreneurship Exposition on Tuesday May 5 in the Founder’s Forum – a student, invitation-only event to be held at the Muscatine History and Industry Center.

Fabricators Plus is a single source, full service provider of custom metal fabricated products and a contract manufacturer serving customers in Iowa and the Midwest for over 10 years. 

Daniel Nietzel
Founder/Inventor/President of Fighting Chance Solutions

Doug NietzelNietzel is also scheduled to tell students his company’s startup story.

Fighting Chance Solutions (FCS) was formed when educator Nietzel conceived an idea to help protect students and teachers in an active shooter or violent intruder scenario in a school by securing the door closer arm found on most classroom doors. Often in schools, classrooms only lock from the outside, forcing a teacher into the line of fire to secure the room. Nietzel and his co-founders created The Sleeve and began marketing it to schools and companies throughout the world in June 2014.

Both Fabricators Plus and Fighting Chance Solutions are Muscatine companies.

Nate Kaeding
former University of Iowa & National Football League star and Serial Entrepreneur

Nate KaedingKaeding is the scheduled capstone speaker for the event on Wednesday, May 6th.  Kaeding will share his insights on how leadership, the creative mindset and a ‘can-do’ attitude are key ingredients to entrepreneurial success. He is a Founding Partner in Shorts Burger & Shine Restaurant, Tailgate (brick & mortar retail store), and Pullman Bar & Diner.  

In addition to keynote addresses, student e-speed networking activities and conversations with entrepreneurs, the event features on Wednesday, May 6th the E-Challenge Networking Reception & Entrepreneur Challenge Exhibits to be held in Strahan Hall at Muscatine Community College.

Following his keynote address, Kaeding will help announce the winner of the 4th Annual E-Challenge Business Pitch Competition to end the 2-day Entrepreneurship Exposition.

During the first three years of this event’s CEO/Founders Forum, students have had the opportunity to meet and learn from a number of prominent Muscatine entrepreneurs and business leaders.  Speakers from previous years included:

  • 2014 – Scott Ingstad, CEO of First National Bank; Bob Howard, CEO of Central State Bank; and Gary Slight, CEO of Community Bank & Trust; Tulio Goncalves, Founder & CEO of Watermelon Corp.
  • 2013 – Joe Crookham, Founder & CEO of MUSCO Lighting; Paul Kraushaar, Founder of Muscatine Physical Therapy
  • 2012 – Marty Carver, former CEO of Bandag; Chris Anderson, CEO Neighborhood Marketing & AFG