community outreach


We are proud to be 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. Iowa JPEC’s business resources support existing businesses to grow and scale. Our community outreach initiatives are helping impact innovation, and are available each year in all 99 counties across the state.

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dedicated to supporting Iowa businesses and startups


  • Statewide business and startup resources
  • Funding opportunities
  • Startup training
  • Networking
  • Enhancing Iowa’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
  • Job creation


  • Venture School
  • Business Consulting
  • Student intern matching and support
  • Wellmark Venture Capital Fund
  • Iowa’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • UI Faculty Startup Training (NSF I-Corps)


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Alumni Spotlight

Farmland Finder

Steven Brockshus, a Venture School alum, is making an impact across the country with his business FarmlandFinder. When Brockshus got the idea for his business, he pitched it at a competition in Ames and took first place. A part of his award was a paid enrollment in the University of Iowa’s Venture School program. “The knowledge of leveraging the scientific method for building a business that I learned in Venture School still influences how I think today. If you are serious about building a successful business, the program is very helpful.”

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IDx Technologies Inc.

Founder, Dr. Michael Abramoff  | UI Innovator’s Workshop alum

This UI Faculty founded company has developed the first autonomous AI system for the detection of diabetic retinopathy. An alum of Iowa JPEC’s National Science Foundation I-Corps training program, IDx has paved the way for autonomous AI in healthcare with the first-of-its-kind FDA clearance and first ever autonomous AI CPT code. The American Medical Association recently recognized the founder and company’s accomplishments in an article entitled “This ophthalmologist is doing health care AI the right way.

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featured community clients

Beth Tinsman

Venture School Alum, Quad Cities | Founder, Twin State Technical Services

“Iowa JPEC has been a huge success factor in our company’s growth. Using its models and led by its people, we built internal teams to launch new products and services which allowed us to scale up our business. In addition, we have been able to engage with our new clients starting their own businesses using the framework and disciplines taught through the program.”

Learn more about Venture School here.

Smart Scripts

Venture School Alum, Iowa City | Founder, CEO, Todd Thompson

Smart Scripts uses the latest technology to deliver prescriptions, vitamins and supplements in a safe, convenient and accurate system to their patients. Founder and CEO, Todd Thompson, realized he could help people manage their daily medication routine after seeing his family members struggle with organizing their medications. To jump start his business, Thompson participated in Iowa JPEC’s Venture School program. “The Venture School program was a great experience for our entire team who participated. It helped them to understand the greater business model we were building, the environment with which we needed to operate, and the approach we should take to work with venture capitalists,” he stated. After raising $2.5 million in investment funding and gaining licensing to sell in 40 states, Smart Scripts was recognized as one of the Best Tech Startups in Iowa.

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Sara Gotch

Business Consulting Client, Cedar Rapids | Founder, Gnarly Pepper

“Gnarly Pepper received great insight on our target demographic. Knowing we mainly sell to females, the Business Consulting Program was able to map out how to target our female customers based on three different age categories and analyze for us how keywords, trends, and traits are connected to their shopping and purchasing decisions.”

Learn more about our business consulting program here.