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The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) is the hub for entrepreneurship education and outreach at the University of Iowa.

Check out some of the highlights from FY 2020 by downloading a complete copy of our Annual Report, or by exploring the information below.

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FY 2020 IMPACT

$460K

IN SEED FUNDING WAS DISTRIBUTED TO SUPPORT IOWA ENTREPRENEURS

98

DEGREE OPTIONS AVAILABLE AT IOWA THAT ARE REPRESENTED BY STUDENTS TAKING ENTREPRENEURSHIP COURSES

15,378

TOTAL PARTICIPANTS ENGAGED IN IOWA JPEC PROGRAMMING

David Hensley Iowa JPEC

MAKING AN IMPACT

A Note from Iowa JPEC's Executive Director

This past year has challenged us all to innovate and adapt. In March, the University of Iowa moved to all online learning and programming. Our great team quickly modified classes and programs to continue our efforts to educate and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders. Additionally, we expanded programming to support existing Iowa and alumni-owned businesses who were facing unprecedented challenges. Iowa JPEC is committed to advancing entrepreneurial education, innovation, and economic development. There are many opportunities to engage with Iowa JPEC. If you are ready to make an impact at Iowa, please contact me at david-hensley@uiowa.edu.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay Iowa Strong.

Supporting Iowa Entrepreneurs During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic and country-wide lockdown have pushed many Iowa startups to a grinding halt. Others have been focusing on adjusting their business models to cater to new consumer demands. As a leader in supporting innovation and entrepreneurship across the state, Iowa JPEC wanted to do its part to help these startups grow and to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. To this effort, Iowa JPEC put aside a portion of its annual budget to distribute grants to some of the most promising early stage startups in the state.

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scott heiferman

Iowa JPEC Honors Seven Business Innovators

The University of Iowa recently announced the recipients of its first-ever Iowa Innovation and Entrepreneurship Honors. Winners were selected not only for their significant accomplishments in entrepreneurship and innovation, but also for their impact on their communities. Iowa JPEC hopes to host an event recognizing these individuals before the end of the academic year.

2020 Honors Awardees

academics

Innovation is for everyone. That's why our Iowa JPEC's nationally recognized academic opportunities are available to any student at the University of Iowa. Our students gain valuable real-world experiences and skill sets through our comprehensive academic programs - including 2 majors and 4 certificate options.

studen venture

Our student venture programs bring together students from across campus to share their ideas and learn how to launch a business. Whether students join the Founders Club, or one of our other training and ideation programs, we provide them with the support and resources they need to launch their startup.

community engagement

Iowa JPEC is a leading entrepreneurial resource in Iowa. Our training programs are designed to aid aspiring entrepreneurs in driving the startup process through real-world experimentation and valuable mentor feedback. Our community outreach initiatives are helping impact Iowa innovation, and are available year round in all 99 counties across the state.

 

international outreach

The Institute for International Business (IIB) is dedicated to advancing knowledge and international skills in business and educational communities. IIB works to promote entrepreneurship as a tool to empower people in developing countries while also providing Iowa students with cross-cultural and international business skills.

student

The Jacobson Institute engages K-12 students in innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship giving them the tools needed to succeed, flourish and be workforce ready. Built on three key components: professional development for educators, innovative curricula, and ongoing support; the Jacobson Institute offers research-driven initiatives in which schools and communities can engage.

sbdc

The University of Iowa America's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was established in 1982. As a part of Iowa JPEC, the center serves businesses in Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Poweshiek, and Washington Counties

alumni & biz partners

Alumni & Business Updates

Check out what our alumni and partners have been up to since participating in Iowa JPEC programs!

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John and Mary Pappajohn

John and Mary Pappajohn's Support

Iowa alumnus, John Pappajohn, is the president of Equity Dynamics, Inc. and Pappajohn Capital Resources in Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Pappajohn became a venture capitalist in 1969 and has been involved in over 100 startups and 50 IPOs and has served as a director in over 40 public companies. In 1996, John and Mary Pappajohn changed the trajectory of entrepreneurship and economic development in the state of Iowa by creating John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers at the University of Iowa and four other educational institutions across Iowa. Their vision to ensure that all Iowans - from college students to community members - have access to high quality entrepreneurship education and support has led to the creation of new ventures and high-quality jobs across the state of Iowa and the world. We are forever grateful for their tremendous support.