2019 Iowa JPEC Annual Report

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) is the hub for entrepreneurship education and outreach at the University of Iowa.

Check out some of the highlights from FY 2019 by downloading a complete copy of our Annual Report, or by exploring the information below.

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Students enrolled in entrepreneurship courses


Undergraduate degrees are represented by students taking entrepreneurship courses


UI students pitched their idea at an Iowa JPEC competition

David Hensley Iowa JPEC

innovative. comprehensive. impactful

A Note from Iowa JPEC's Executive Director

It has been another impactful year at Iowa JPEC. We are pleased to report that the academic home for Iowa JPEC has a new name - the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship. We are thrilled to expand our collaboration within the department and Tippie College of Business to accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship education and outreach.

Our team includes a large network of outstanding faculty, staff, alumni, community leaders and entrepreneurs that are always willing to share their expertise and resources. Whether it is supporting Iowa students pursuing new ventures, or serving entrepreneurial ventures across Iowa or in Sub-Saharan Africa, Iowa JPEC is dedicated to helping others pursue their dreams through innovation and entrepreneurship.        

I want to thank all of you who are working with Iowa JPEC to inspire, educate, and support our entrepreneurial leaders and innovators. If you are looking to make a difference and want to be part of the Iowa JPEC team, please contact me at david-hensley@uiowa.edu


Innovation is for everyone. That's why our Iowa JPEC's nationally recognized academic opportunities are available to any student at the University of Iowa. Our students gain valuable real-world experiences and skill sets through our comprehensive academic programs - including 2 majors and 4 certificate options.


Our student venture programs bring together students from across campus to share their ideas and learn how to launch a business. Whether students join the Founders Club, or one of our other training and ideation programs, we provide them with the support and resources they need to launch their startup.

community outreach

Iowa JPEC is a leading entrepreneurial resource in Iowa. Our training programs are designed to aid aspiring entrepreneurs in driving the startup process through real-world experimentation and valuable mentor feedback. Our community outreach initiatives are helping impact Iowa innovation, and are available year round in all 99 counties across the state.



The Institute for International Business (IIB) is dedicated to advancing knowledge and international skills in business and educational communities. IIB works to promote entrepreneurship as a tool to empower people in developing countries while also providing Iowa students with cross-cultural and international business skills.


The Jacobson Institute engages K-12 students in innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship giving them the tools needed to succeed, flourish and be workforce ready. Built on three key components: professional development for educators, innovative curricula, and ongoing support; the Jacobson Institute offers research-driven initiatives in which schools and communities can engage.

alumni & biz partners

Alumni & Business Updates

Check out what our alumni and partners have been up to since participating in Iowa JPEC programs!

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John and Mary Pappajohn

John and Mary Pappajohn

A generous donation from John and Mary Pappajohn helped established our entrepreneurial center in 1996, along with four other centers across the state. Since their initial gift, the Pappajohns have continued to support Iowa JPEC in many ways. In his 50th year as a venture capitalist, John is still continuously working to grow and support Iowa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem everyday. Thank you to John and Mary for their continued support.