Academics

Innovative and Comprehensive

Iowa JPEC’s entrepreneurship students represent every corner of campus, and our academic tracks offer any Iowa student a chance to learn to lead and innovate. Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, students continue to gain valuable real-world experience through virtual internships, business consulting, guest speakers in online courses, and opportunities to connect with alumni mentors.

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2021 Impact

374

STUDENTS COMLETED BUSINESS COUNSULTING OR INTERNSHIPS FOR IOWA BUSINESSES

101

DEGREE PROGRAMS AT IOWA ARE REPRESENTED BY STUDENTS TAKING ENTREPRENEURSHIP COURSES

 

Real-world Learning 

Did you know?

Iowa JPEC has six campus-wide academic tracks that open up innovation to every UI student - regardless of their field of study.

MAJORS
CERTIFICATES

Find out more about our academic tracks

Sam Andrus

22BA | LIBERAL ARTS STUDENT

After six years in the Air Force, Andrus dedicated his college career to the guiding principle of “service before self.” On campus, he is the veteran constituency senator for the University of Iowa Undergraduate Student Government, serves as a career adviser for fellow student veterans, and works as a rhetoric teaching assistant. Off campus, Andrus runs a handyman service that employs two fellow student veterans and plans to open a law firm that specializes in serving veterans. “Pursuing a degree in enterprise leadership has allowed me to grow my business knowledge and expand my network with remarkable individuals,” he said. “Entrepreneurship is my passion; this program allows me to pursue my passion while applying the knowledge gained to real-world scenarios.”

Baaba Saisie

23BBA | BUSINESS STUDENT

Entering her third year at Iowa, Quad Cities local Baaba Saisie has dived into everything Iowa JPEC and the Tippie College of Business has to offer. Saisie is pursuing a double major in entrepreneurial management and finance with a certificate in international business with the hope of managing a venture capital firm to support socially conscious entrepreneurs. She works as an international business intern for Iowa JPEC and is a Black in Business ambassador, while participating in several student organizations. Saisie was named to Tippie’s Top 21 list this spring. “I joined the entrepreneurial business field to build my skills in the business/startup horizon,” she said. “While my focus was primarily on the studies, the Iowa JPEC has helped me build long-lasting relationships that will stay with me forever domestically and internationally.”

Sushman Santhana

24BSE | ENGINEERING STUDENT

With a dream of starting a medical device company to help pediatric cancer patients, Santhana is majoring in biomedical engineering and pursuing an entrepreneurial management certificate. Even with starting college amid a pandemic, she has pursued opportunities across campus. Those include serving as a family representative for Dance Marathon, working in the Orthopedics Biomechanics Lab at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and joining the Society of Women Engineers. “Being an entrepreneurial management student has allowed me to learn about concepts and build connections that I normally would not as an engineering student,” she said.  “I'm excited to take more entrepreneurship classes and build the foundation I need to start a company one day.”