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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 2019 by downloading a complete copy of our Annual Report, or by exploring the information below.




Students enrolled in entrepreneurship courses


Undergraduate degrees are represented by students taking entrepreneurship courses


UI students pitched their idea at an Iowa JPEC competition

David Hensley Iowa JPEC

innovative. comprehensive. impactful

A Note from Iowa JPEC's Executive Director

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) is the hub for entrepreneurship education and outreach at the University of Iowa. We have built one of the nation’s most comprehensive entrepreneurial centers, designed to educate and support entrepreneurial leaders on campus, across the state of Iowa and the world. 

At the University of Iowa, “The Swarm” describes how the Iowa Hawkeye football team takes the field, together as one, to pursue victory. Iowa JPEC employs “The Swarm” mentality in our education and outreach programming. Our “Swarm” includes a large network of outstanding faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders and entrepreneurs always willing to share their expertise, resources and network. Whether it is supporting Iowa students pursuing new ventures or serving entrepreneurial ventures across Iowa or in sub-Saharan Africa, the Iowa JPEC “Swarm” is dedicated to helping others pursue their dreams through innovation and entrepreneurship.       

I want to thank all of you who are working with Iowa JPEC to inspire, educate and support our entrepreneurial leaders and innovators. If you are looking to make a difference and want to be part of the Iowa JPEC “Swarm,” please contact me at


Innovation is not just for business students. That's why our Iowa JPEC academic opportunities are available to any student at the University of Iowa. Our students gain valuable real-world experiences and skillsets through our comprehensive academic programs.


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 outreach

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. 


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.


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.

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

A generous gift from John and Mary Pappajohn helped establish our entrepreneurial center in 1996. Since their initial gift, the Pappajohns have continued to support Iowa JPEC in many ways. In his 50th year as a venture capitalist, John is still continuously working to grow and support Iowa's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Thank you John and Mary Pappajohn for your continued support!