international outreach

International outreach

True to the Institute for International Business's (IIB) mission of promoting entrepreneurship as a tool to empower people in frontier markets and providing Iowa students with cross-cultural and international business skills, we celebrate the success of students and alumni at home and abroad. Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni continue to achieve success with six receiving venture capital funding from various foundations and two named as top female entrepreneurs in Africa.

Our students won the NASBITE International 2020 Student Case Competition under the added pressure of preparing and competing virtually due to COVID-19. Prior to travel being disrupted by COVID, the IIB carried out in-person projects in Botswana, Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, UK and Haiti. Later, we shifted to online training with entrepreneurs in Senegal and Kenya. To continue to internationalize our college and campus community, IIB has taken a lead role on the Tippie College International Strategy Task Force.

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2020 Impact

77

IOWA STUDENTS COMPLETED INTERNATIONAL CONSULTING PROJECTS

36

IOWA STUDENTS PLACED IN VIRTUAL AFRICAN INNOVATORS INTERNSHIPS

IIB

The Institute for International Business (IIB) was established in 1999 and is a partnership between the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the Tippie College of Business.

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Iowa Student on Preparing for the NASBITE International 2020 Student Case Competition

"Preparing for the NASBITE International Student Case Competition enabled me to network with some of the top cosmetic experts in the world. It gave me a process I can use in the future to solve any business problem my clients might face."

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Founder, Pilane Pharmacy | 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow and Business Consulting Project Client

"As a beneficiary of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, it has been a dream come true to have the students and staff come across the globe to implement this very important project for our community. The project came about during Venture School when I pivoted from an idea to this digital solution. It was a pleasure to expose our team to an international partnership that was an experience that only happens once in a lifetime."