Recent News

Venture School Launch Day 2020

June 4, 2020

Venture School Launch Day 2020 was held virtually in conjunction with EntreFEST. There were five businesses selected as finalists from the 2019/2020 cohorts to pitch at the event. A total of $31,000 was awarded. 

Iowa Innovation Challenge Phase 2 Winners

April 21, 2020

On April 13 and 14 the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) held the second phase of the Iowa Innovation Challenge in partnership with the University of Iowa’s Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Iowa Research Foundation, and UI Ventures. The Iowa Innovation Challenge awarded $276,500 during the 2019-2020 academic year to support innovation across campus and is open to all University of Iowa faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate students, and incubator startups.

Resources available for small businesses during time of uncertainty

March 27, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic is creating a tough time for nearly everyone in the US economy. David Hensley, the Executive Director at Iowa JPEC, gives advice for small businesses.

Navigating small business aid isn't easy amid coronavirus

March 27, 2020

The impacts on small businesses from the coronavirus shutdowns is already seen as owners wait for the long-term impact. David Hensley, Executive Director of Iowa JPEC, said small business owners can come to them for support and help during these tough times.

Spring 2020 Iowa Startup Games Recap

March 3, 2020

On the weekend of February 28-March 1, we had the honor of hosting the Spring 2020 Iowa Startup Games competition. This three-day event brings together students from all areas of study to pitch their ideas to have an impact.

Spring 2020 IdeaStorm Recap

February 14, 2020

The week of February 10-13, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) hosted four uniquely focused IdeaStorm competitions across the University of Iowa campus. The top ideas selected by judges were awarded cash prizes at each competition, as well as a People's Choice award that was selected by students who attended the event.

Hawkeyes work to help end "fish for sex" trade around Kenya lake

January 17, 2020

Two directors at the University of Iowa - Patrick Johanns and Kelly Bedeian - received federal funds to help train a group of 30 women living near Lake Victoria in Kenya on entrepreneurial skills and tools for breaking into the fishing business.

High school students tackling large problems, present solutions to community leaders

December 10, 2019

High school students from across eastern Iowa are taking the STEM Innovator Business Innovation class through the Jacobson Institute at the University of Iowa. These students have spent months problem solving potential issues in the state and are now presenting their ideas to a group of business and community leaders.

Students, faculty, staff honored for new business startup ideas

December 2, 2019

Numerous University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students received cash prizes for their new business start-up ideas recently in the Iowa Innovation Challenge.

University of Iowa and ISU named top entrepreneurship schools by Princeton Review

November 14, 2019

The Princeton Review has announced the results of its top undergraduate and graduate schools for entrepreneurship studies in the United States. The University of Iowa made the list of top 50 undergraduate schools, ranking at no. 21.

Iowa Innovation Challenge offers $225,000 in prize money to entrepreneurial projects

November 5, 2019

Four UI organizations, including the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, have come together to create the Iowa Innovation Challenge, a new contest with $225,000 in funding for innovation and entrepreneurial projects.

Fall 2019 Iowa Startup Games Recap

October 28, 2019

The last weekend in October we had the honor of hosting the Fall 2019 Iowa Startup Games competition. This three-day event brings together students from all areas of study to pitch their ideas to have an impact. $4,250 was awarded in cash prizes.

Institute for International Business celebrates 20 years of connective Iowans with the rest of the of the business world

October 11, 2019

The Institute for International Business (IIB) celebrated its 20th anniversary on October 10. The IIB has worked to connect to the local community and engage globally through international research, education, and consulting resources!

Fall 2019 IdeaStorm Competition Results

October 7, 2019

The week of September 30-October 3 the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) had the privilege of hosting three uniquely focused IdeaStorm competitions across the University of Iowa campus. The top four ideas selected by judges were awarded cash prizes at each competition, as well as a People's Choice award that was selected by students who attended the event.

UI senior succeeds in ice cream and sweet treat business

September 24, 2019

Ramya Kolusu, University of Iowa senior, turned her dream of owning an ice cream business into a reality. With the help of the Founder's Club and her mentor, Keith Chiavetta, Kolusu opened up Sugar Fiend Sweets.