Jay Cooper

The Importance of Community Among Early Entrepreneurs

First-time entrepreneurs and startup founders need all the help they can get navigating a sometimes intimidating and confusing landscape. This talk will cover the importance of “finding your tribe” no matter where you are starting, and how creative collisions can jumpstart any new idea.

Date + Time: Friday @ 10:15a – 11:00a

Venue: Chrome Horse


Jay Cooper is an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder, founder of Cider Finder, an app and community designed to bring cider enthusiasts together with the cider makers and brands they love, and director of the Undergraduate Startup Incubator at The University of Iowa JPEC. Jay has been a fixture in eastern Iowa’s startup community since 2015 through his writing, mentoring other startup founders, and leading local entrepreneurial events including Startup Weekend Iowa City, Iowa City Open Coffee, and 1 Million Cups Iowa City. His work with Techstars Startup Weekend has taken him across the country to facilitate local and statewide Startup Weekend events, sharing the best parts of Iowa’s entrepreneurial spirit with other communities and bringing back fresh ideas for our local events. Follow Jay’s journey as a founder and ecosystem builder on his blog, http://www.jaycooper-media.com/blog/