Actively, PTXtension Shine at Pitch Competition

December 13, 2021

University of Iowa student businesses Actively (Idea Stage) and PTXtension (Startup Growth Stage) won first-place awards and $1,000 each at the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) End-of-Semester Pitch Competition on Dec. 10 in Pomerantz Career Center.

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: 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: 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: 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.

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.

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.