Iowa JPEC business consulting services assist startups and businesses across the state of Iowa. This program provides affordable, strategic results for clients, while also exposing students to real-world experiences.

Our Mission

  • Provide an affordable solution for Iowa businesses and startups by helping them tackle challenges and targeted projects, while also supporting Iowa's entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Provide recruitment and networking opportunities by connecting business students with Iowa employers.
  • Provide University of Iowa undergraduate and graduate students with challenging, hands-on professional experiences, preparing them for future career success and giving clients first dibs on recruiting their next hire.

How it works

This program runs year-round and is structured around three academic course cycles: fall (August – December), spring (January – May), and summer (June-July). Each client project will be worked on for approx. 120-150 hours throughout the course and should be able to be completed within this time.

Consulting services are provided by teams of 3-5 students who are led and evaluated by experienced faculty and mentors throughout the class. The students will communicate with the client regularly to share progress reports and obtain feedback. The course concludes with a final student presentation to the clients.

Below are the types of projects that will be offered for the Spring 2018 semester:

  • Competitive analysis
  • International expansions
  • Marketing plan
  • Strategic business planning
  • Market research analysis


Gaining real benefits

  • Career Development: Develop professional and career skills through experience and application
  • Career Exploration: Experience and evaluate different positions and organizations
  • Competitive Edge: Increase student awareness of internships and employment opportunities available in Iowa
  • Contact with any questions.


Investing in your project

There is a $500 charge for Iowa JPEC consulting services. A limited number of scholarships are available for pre-revenue startups. Please contact for additional information and to see if you are eligible for a scholarship.