Innovative and Comprehensive

Once again this year, our entrepreneurship students represented a variety of colleges and areas of study from across campus. These students were able to gain valuable real-world experiences and skill sets through our comprehensive academic programs even with a pandemic forcing us to transition to virtual learning settings. In spite of the new challenges, students remained engaged through guest speakers, virtual internships, and consulting projects for Iowa startups and businesses.

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2020 Impact






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.


Find out more about our academic tracks

gabriela moya

Engineering ('21)

Gabriela first got connected with Iowa JPEC through an Entrepreneurship and Innovation class. As a chemical engineering student, her goal is to work in the cosmetics industry someday and perhaps even start her own business. She decided to add the Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate to get connected to resources that would help her do just that. After getting involved with Iowa JPEC programs such as IdeaStorm, our team was able to connect her with an alumni mentor who runs a successful makeup company. This connection has proven to be truly valuable in setting her up for a successful future. Moya is one of many students to be awarded an entrepreneurial scholarship by John and Mary Pappajohn for the 2020-2021 academic school year.

patrick prosser

Business ('20)

After taking his first class, Prosser quickly added the entrepreneurial management certificate to compliment his finance degree. "I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to take part in so many Iowa JPEC student programs that expanded my network, improved my skillsets, and provided a new perspective," he stated. Prosser attended the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute, and participated in two Iowa entrepreneurial student organizations, seeing these programs as an opportunity to network with like-minded students and successful entrepreneurs. Prosser started a business during his time at Iowa. He participated in Iowa Startup Games where he met his business partners and they continued forward pitching their concept in the Iowa Innovation Challenge competition. Their team placed first in their business category and landed a competitive spot in Iowa JPEC's summer-long Hawkeye Startup Accelerator Program.

nora bensellam

Liberal Arts ('20)

"I chose to study entrepreneurship at Iowa because I wanted to venture into the business world, and I knew the importance of developing the soft skills that the entrepreneurship degree is tailored to. I loved that it was an interactive program, we did not simply learn from a book and taking exams. We had to use the skills we were taught to participate in entrepreneurship competitions in and out of the classroom. What better way to learn than to practice and actually use these entrepreneurial skills?"