Recent News

Fall Innovation Challenge Awards Announced

November 17, 2021

FBB: Biomed, a company that has developed a blood test to screen for neurologic diseases, took home a $20,000 first place award in the Innovation Challenge graduate/faculty technology division at the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center award’s event Nov. 17 at MERGE in Iowa City, Iowa. 

Women Entrepreneurship Week Spotlight: 5 Questions with Kimm Harris

November 11, 2021

Kimm Harris is one of many women thriving within Iowa JPEC whose accomplishments will be celebrated during Women Entrepreneurship Week from Nov. 8-14.

Women Entrepreneurship Week Spotlight: Ava Reynolds

November 10, 2021

What began as stress relief is evolving into a career for University of Iowa junior Ava Reynolds, founder of Beets n Treats, a vegan café and bakery.

Women Entrepreneurship Week Spotlight: Nicole Relias

November 9, 2021

Nicole Relias helped develop Skunk Aid, an all-in-one de-skunking kit that provides pet owners with everything needed to safely and effectively remove skunk oil from their dog.

University of Iowa, EFE Will Train Saudi Women on Entrepreneurship

November 8, 2021

The University of Iowa and Education For Employment (EFE) have launched a one-year project to train Saudi women from the western region on entrepreneurship skills in emerging sectors like information technology, real estate, and e-commerce.

OpenLoop named Startup Technology Company of the Year

November 8, 2021

OpenLoop, a web-based platform to streamline hiring clinicians to work at different hospital systems, was named Startup Technology Company of the Year as part of the Prometheus Awards presentation on Nov. 4 by the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI). The company was co-founded by University of Iowa graduate Jon Lensing.

Future Scope Wins Top Prize at Startup Games

October 25, 2021

Future Scope, a hands-on career guidance program, won first place and $1,000 at the Startup Games pitch competition Oct. 24 at Hilton Garden Inn in Iowa City, Iowa.

Atem Finds 'Right Kind of People' in Iowa JPEC

October 19, 2021

After watching his parents toil on the farm for nearly a decade, Atem Ernest Lefu was confused by the end result. His parents were hard workers and they had little difficulty selling their produce. But even then, there was no money left to pay Atem’s school fees.

“I kept asking the question, why do farmers work so hard, yet they are still very poor?” Atem said.

Water 4 Wellness...and a Gesture of Goodwill

October 13, 2021

Twenty dollars doesn’t go far in the 2020s, but two University of Iowa entrepreneurs are turning that original investment into a substantial donation to the Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

America Needs Farmers, Farmers Need Sprayer Mods

October 4, 2021

As the University of Iowa football team prepares for Saturday’s America Needs Farmers game against Penn State, a recent graduate is putting the finishing touches on a game plan to reduce herbicide costs for farmers by nearly 90%.As the University of Iowa football team prepares for Saturday’s America Needs Farmers game against Penn State, a recent graduate is putting the finishing touches on a game plan to reduce herbicide costs for farmers by nearly 90%.

Garland Named to CBJ's 'Forty Under 40' List

September 28, 2021

University of Iowa graduated Nick Garland has been recognized by the Corridor Business Journal as one of its “Forty Under 40” honorees.

Pappajohns Commit $10 million to entrepreneurship education

September 24, 2021

John and Mary Pappajohn, of Des Moines, are two of Iowa’s most generous philanthropists, and they recently announced a $10 million gift commitment to continue entrepreneurship education and programming through the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers at the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, Drake University, and North Iowa Area Community College.

Iowa JPEC honors 11 entrepreneurial leaders

September 8, 2021

The University of Iowa will honor nine recipients of its second annual Iowa Innovation and Entrepreneurship Honors. The awards are presented by the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC). Established in 1996, Iowa JPEC is the University of Iowa’s hub for entrepreneurship education and outreach.

A recognition event will be held Oct. 8.

Hora's Passion for Farming Runs Deep

August 31, 2021

When you can trace your farming lineage to the European “old country,” you know passion for the profession runs deep. 

Merging a Love of Writing and Gaming

August 23, 2021

It’s common career advice: “Pursue your passion.” University of Iowa alumna Lauryn Ash pluralized the saying, weaving writing and gaming into her professional life.

The writer, game designer, and entrepreneur has worked on games such as Marvel’s Avengers and Dungeon Defenders II since graduating from Iowa in 2014 with a BA in English with a creative writing track, a BA in international studies, and a certificate in entrepreneurial management.