Recent News

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. 

Rantizo wins 2019 Pappajohn Pitch Competition, takes home $40,000

September 12, 2019

Rantizo today was announced the winner of the 2019 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition and was awarded $40,000. The competition is a collaborative project of the Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.

Business ideas bloom in Iowa, thanks to UI and young minds

September 12, 2019

Mike Kuennen, a teacher at New Hampton High School, helped his students come to a solution by drawing on the lessons he learned through STEM Innovator created by the University of Iowa's Jacobson Institute. The group of high school students decided to start their own business, a portable drive-in movie theater, to give people something to do on summer evenings.

Something to Look At

September 3, 2019

Erica Cole founded No Limbits after losing her leg in a tragic car accident the summer before her senior year. She came up with the idea after the questions and stares about her prosthesis were getting too much to handle. Cole decided to turn the negatives into positives and gave people something to look at.

$12,500 in prizes awarded to Hawkeye Startup Accelerator companies

August 5, 2019

16 student-run companies from the University of Iowa pitched their business ideas last Friday as the 2019 cohort of the Hawkeye Startup Accelerator came to an end.

Iowa students helped towns prepare for the RAGBRAI spotlight

July 31, 2019

16 Iowa JPEC students worked with pass-through towns along the RAGBRAI route to help encourage riders to stop and explore the towns during their cross-state ride.

A group of African entrepreneurs come to the Quad Cities

July 22, 2019

A group of entrepreneurs, the Mandela Washington Fellows, visited the Quad Cities. The fellows are a group of 25 people from countries in Africa who are learning new techniques and methods to bring back to their home countries.

African fellows learn new business skills at the University of Iowa

July 11, 2019

African fellows participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship at the University of Iowa are studying American business and economics through the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

Mandela Fellows tour Herbert Hoover Museum in West Branch

July 6, 2019

On Saturday, twenty-five African entrepreneurs participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship toured the Herbert Hoover Historic Site in West Branch.

Venture School Launch Day, Spring 2019

May 22, 2019

The University of Iowa’s Venture School, a nationally recognized program for entrepreneurs developed by John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, held its Venture School Launch Day event on Thursday, May 16th. This year, the event highlighted the top 8 teams from the year and awarded a total of $21,000 to these Venture School businesses during the competition.

From Tragedy Comes a Business Opportunity

May 6, 2019

Erica Cole, founder of No Limbits, tells her story of overcoming her tragedies to find business solving opportunities in her community. 

Tippie College of Business Name Changes Reflect Focus on Innovation and Data Analysis

April 18, 2019

The Tippie College of Business has renamed it's Department of Management and Organizations to the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship to better reflect the increasing visibility and importance of entrepreneurship. 

Founders Club Fair 2019 Recap

April 5, 2019

On April 5, 2019, Iowa JPEC hosted our annual Founders Club Fair at the Graduate Hotel in Iowa City. Over 300 students and members of the community attended the fair, meeting all of the innovative UI student businesses that are apart of our Founders Club program.