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. 

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.

UI Students take top prizes in statewide Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

April 29, 2019

Students take top prizes in statewide Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

Three college student teams each claimed $5,000 prizes at the finals of the Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition on April 26, in Des Moines.

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.

IC Inventor Takes Chance on Water-Borne Drone

November 27, 2018

Mr. Simon, founder of Iowa City-based Clean River Solutions, is developing the RC Beaver, a drone device designed to cut through the tangle of timber, trash and other material that collects around bridge pilings and other inconvenient places.

UI Fosters Innovation on Many Levels

November 26, 2018

With plans to build a new center of innovation and the hiring of a chief innovation officer, the University of Iowa will continue to build on its reputation of supporting innovation and entrepreneurship for students and faculty. 

2018 Rose Francis Elevator Pitch Competition Results

November 15, 2018

On November 13th and 14th, the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) had the pleasure of hosting the annual Rose Francis Elevator Pitch Competition.

U of I Students Opening Collaborative Retail Space at Coralville Development

August 31, 2018

Eight current or just-graduated University of Iowa students have ambitious business plans. They're going to launch a joint retail shop in Coralville and do it in a very visible location.

Student Businesses to Open Collaborative Retail Space at Iowa River Landing

September 5, 2018

Eight University of Iowa student-led businesses will open Foundry IRL, a collaborative retail space at Iowa River Landing in Coralville. Read more online

Coralville Hopes These Student Startups Will Inject New Life Into Iowa River Landing

September 2, 2018

8 student startups from Iowa JPEC's Founders Club are seeking establish their brands as they grow their product lines at a brick-and-mortar space at the Iowa River Landing in Coralville.