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Andy Stoll

Co-founder of Seed Here Studio and Vault Coworking & Collaboration Space

Andy most recently co-founded Seed Here Studio, a social good startup working to grow the grassroots entrepreneurial & creative community in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area (a region still recovering from massive floods in 2008); co-founded Startup Iowa (the 8th region to join the White House initiated Startup America Partnership); is in development on a reality-based around-the-world travel show for a major network and serves in advisory roles with a number of startups. Stoll recently completed a 4-year, solo trip-around-the-world and is a sought after speaker on leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, cities, community-building, entrepreneurial ecosystems and travel.

Stoll works best leading teams in pursuit of new ideas and innovative solutions and strongly believes in the power of stories and connections to influence people, inspire action and affect positive change.

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A storyteller and connector-at-heart, Stoll’s film, television and media work has taken him around the globe from the corn fields of Iowa to the cricket fields of Bollywood, from deep in the rural Tibetan mountains to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, from the rain forest villages of the most remote of Fijian islands to the manicured Queen’s gardens of Windsor Castle.

His social entrepreneurial work focuses primarily on community-building, cities, creativity and making ideas happen. He co-founded The James Gang, a community-building creativity- and social entrepreneurial-incubator that was named the Iowa City Press Citizen ‘Person of the Year’, as the individual or group that had the largest impact on the community.

Stoll’s most recent film work includes serving as associate producer for 16 To Life, the award winning, feature film from Emmy-nominated television writer/director Becky Smith (Queer Eye For The Straight Guy). Stoll also worked as the creative director for a new media endeavor following adventurer Charlie Wittmack’s 10,000 mile World Tri that stretched from England to the top of Mt. Everest—his work with ESPN on the project won two 2011 EPPY Awards, which are among the most prestigious awards for online journalism.

Stoll recently completed a 4-year solo, independent trip around-the-world through 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, The Middle East, Australia, Oceania and The Americas in an effort to better understand how people live in the world, experiencing everything from life in a rural mud hut village in Africa to working in a dress factory in Bangkok for 60 cents-an-hour (Read more at Along the way he explored entrepreneurial opportunities and studied communities, education systems, economies, cultures, media industries and people.

Stoll is one of the youngest people ever named to The Corridor Business Journal’s 40 Under 40; served as one of the youngest student body presidents in the history of The University of Iowa; and has been nationally recognized for his public service and social entrepreneurial work by Rotary International, The Harry S. Truman Foundation and The American Institute of Public Service.

Stoll is a sought after speaker on leadership, creativity, cities, community-building, social entrepreneurship and travel and has been a featured speaker at, among other places, The University of Iowa (USA), The University of West Kazakhstan, The United States Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia, multiple TEDx events, The Leadershape Institute and for Rotary International and The Startup America Partnership. Andy often speaks with high school and college audiences to encourage young people to pursue travel, adventure and exploration, as a way to uncover the multitude of opportunities the world offers.

Stoll holds a BA in media production with honors and a BBA in business management with honors from The University of Iowa, as well as a Masters Degree in Media Cultures with highest distinction from The City University of Hong Kong.

Stoll moonlights as a photographer, sometimes chef and occasional cooking class instructor.

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