Institute for International Business (IIB) 

The Institute for International Business (IIB) is a partnership between the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the Tippie College of Business. IIB is dedicated to advancing knowledge and international skills in business and educational communities.  In addition, IIB works to promote entrepreneurship as a tool to empower people in developing countries and frontier markets while also providing Iowa students with cross-cultural and international business skills.  In so doing, IIB is strengthening links between the University of Iowa, Iowa communities and the world.

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Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) provides members with invaluable opportunities to connect with other leaders in their community and to learn from experts in their field. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, started in 2014, and is the flagship YALI program that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The Fellows have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.

For the fourth year, Iowa JPEC is welcoming 25 Mandela Washington Fellows from Sub-Saharan African countries to the University of Iowa to partake in the 2019 program.

The UI Mandela Washington Fellowship program is run by the Institute for International Business, a partnership between Tippie College of Business and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa.

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Business Consulting

International business consulting services are provided by teams of 3-5 University of Iowa students and are under the guidance of a faculty advisor with extensive business experience. The curriculum is designed for maximum performance for the client, and throughout the semester, teams provide clients with weekly progress reports and appraisals and will then complete a full report of the objectives, findings and recommendations. 

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Training Programs

The IIB offers online CGBP exam prep. The Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) credential is administered by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE). Enrollment is on-going. Sign up today to get your certification!

Opportunities for UI students

  • Travel abroad: Experience another culture. Annually, Iowa JPEC and IIB partner to host trips abroad during breaks in the academic year. These opportunities are available through the International Entrepreneurship and Culture course.

  • Student consulting projects: Take on applied projects for local Iowa companies that are looking to expand globally. This can be done through the Business Consulting course.


Hosted in partnership with the Iowa City Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the IIB holds quarterly “International Trade 101” lunch and learn sessions during which a key international business topic is discussed. These lectures are open to the general public.

International Entrepreneurship Summit

Every spring, the IIB partners with local and global entrepreneurial organizations to host the International Entrepreneurship Summit. Each year’s summit focuses on international business opportunities for local Iowa businesses and startups. 

Additional international services and resources

  • Export readiness assessment
  • Overall trade compliance and documentation
  • Foreign market opportunity assessment
  • Trade mission preparation
  • International business diplomacy (foreign partners and clients negotiations preparation, dealing with foreign governments)
  • International business development
  • Trade financing
  • International logistics issues
  • International business risks analysis
  • International banking and insurances
  • International business plans
  • Cross-cultural issues
  • Building strategies for different foreign markets

Next Steps

If you are interested in finding out more about the Institute for International Business, applying to receive consulting services, and/or looking to sponsor the IIB, please contact us. Your support will help provide resources for program development, promotion, student support, faculty development, and research in the area of International Business Studies.

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