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The Jacobson Institute launched its BizInnovator Startup entrepreneurship curriculum nationwide in August 2020, reaching 12,756 high school students from 41 states. For a second straight year, STEM Innovator® was named a STEM Scale-Up Program for Iowa educators by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. In those two programs combined, 303 high school students from 14 states earned undergraduate credit from Iowa JPEC.

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2021 Impact

51K

K-12 STUDENTS IMPACTED THROUGH JACOBSON INSTITUTE PROGRAMMING

644

TEACHERS NATIONWIDE USING BIZINNOVATOR STARTUP AND STEM INNOVATOR CURRICULUM IN THEIR CLASSROOMS

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STEM Innovator® introduces NEW STEM EdTech solution to measure workforce and college readiness, helping people practice and develop skills and mindsets needed to succeed.

Fatou Yeli Kourouma

CEO/Founder, Jarabi Fitness, Teaneck, New Jersey | Winner. Fall 2020 Innovator Competition

“I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this wonderful initiative [the JI Innovator Competition] showcasing one of my true passions, Jarabi Fitness. Growing up, I saw a major issue. The girls and women around me were less likely to work out. I decided to use African prints to create workout outfits that excite women to work out. Launched in June 2020, Jarabi Fitness uses uniquely designed African Print activewear to encourage women and young girls to reach their fitness goals in style.”

Dasia Taylor

Scientist, Innovator, Entrepreneur | Iowa City, IA | Winner, Spring 2021 Innovator Competition

As a high school senior, Dasia Taylor developed a beet extract suture that changes color if an infection is present. The original purpose of the invention was to decrease the number of surgical site infections in developing countries. The discovery has been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“As a child, I always knew that I would change the world,” Taylor said. “I didn’t know how or when, but it was always in the back of my mind. Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, I gained valuable skills on how to handle business endeavors. These specific skills came in handy when I began to tap into my STEM research. Today, I continuously find myself at the intersection of STEM and entrepreneurship — I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Taylor entered The University of Iowa as a first-year student in fall 2021.