The Institute for International Business (IIB) is dedicated to advancing knowledge and international skills in business and educational communities through research, education, and consulting.

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Highlights from this past year include:

  • Mandela Washington Fellowship
    Once again, Iowa JPEC welcomed 25 Mandela Washington Fellows, leaders and entrepreneurs from Sub-Saharan African countries, to the University of Iowa to partake in the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) for six weeks.
  • Business Consulting Projects
    Student teams led by experienced faculty provided consulting services for 22 international clients this past year. Many of these businesses are owned by past Mandela Washington Fellows - strengthening the relationship between Iowa City and Africa.
  • African Entrepreneurship and Leadership
    The IIB is partnering with King College in London to create an entrepreneurship and leadership program across Sub Sahara Africa. This program will continue to be developed over the upcoming fiscal year.

FY 2018 Impact


in Seed Funding Awarded

to support the businesses of past Mandela Washington Fellows

Year Selected

to host and train a group of 25 African Mandela Washington Fellows

International Consulting Projects

completed by teams of UI students

Students go global

Each year, Iowa JPEC offers study abroad opportunities for students interested in international business and entrepreneurship. These students were immersed in the cultures of the countries they visited while being led by Iowa JPEC faculty. This past year, students traveled to the following:

Students completed consulting projects for local business and experienced the local culture by staying with host families.

  • Organized by Iowa JPEC
  • 12 UI Students
  • Marianao, Havana

Students were exposed to various business formalities and cultural exchanges through company visits.

  • Organized by Tippie College of Business
  • 27 UI Students
  • Traveled to Beijing and Shanghai


Lucy Amanyo

Participant Spotlight

Lucy Amaniyo

Business Consulting Client and Mandela Washington Fellow
Dr. Lucy's Medical Clinic | Uganda

Lucy participated in the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at UI. After completing the program, Dr. Lucy’s Medical Clinic, located in Uganda, continued to receive support from UI through the student business consulting program. "I was extremely delighted with the results of the project. My student team was very professional and really helped me to identify priority areas to address to make my clinic a more professional and profitable business. The recommendations offered were very reasonable, doable, affordable and specific. It enabled me to be able to implement them with ease," she said.

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Isaac Quaidoo

Mandela Washington Fellow, Ghana

Isaac Quaidoo, owner of a beekeeping business in Ghana, participated in the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow Program at the University of Iowa. During the program, he participated in Venture School, learning the basics of business and the startup process. "It helped me reshape my business model and redefine my business," says Quaidoo."I was able to define my customer better and narrow down the kinds of people I’m providing services for." Now, Quaidoo is using the knowledge and connections he made during his time in Iowa to advance his business - including having Iowa entrepreneurs travel to Ghana to train him and other African beekeepers.

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