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.

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.

Hamilton teen with autism earns national award for art, business skills

December 19, 2017

For Jacobson Institute scholarship winner Nick Simmer, who lives with autism, the future as an entrepreneur is drawing into sharper focus.

Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship hosts start-up camp

July 17, 2017

Elementary and middle school students have the opportunity to become entrepreneurs through the University of Iowa's Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship summer camp. The campers learn the skills needed to start their own businesses, then they actually create and sell their products.

Young fresh faces set up shop at farmers market

July 12, 2017

Young entrepreneurs participating in the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship summer camp had the opportunity to open their own booths at the Iowa City farmers market.

Winners Announced in First Quick Pitch Biz Competition

May 24, 2012

In partnership with Ernst & Young, the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Quick Pitch Biz Competition. Held for the first time this spring, Quick Pitch is a statewide business plan competition that is open to all Iowa high school students who have an existing business or idea for a new business.

Collegial Collaborations Benefit STEM Education

August 29, 2013

The College of Education and the College of Business at the University of Iowa are partnering up to find a way to better teach entrepreneurship.

Bright Lights, Big Prizes

May 15, 2013

Brianna Farley, a student at Waterloo Columbus High School, was named Iowa's top high school entrepreneur. She won the Quick Pitch Biz Plan competition which is overseen by the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa.

UI to Award Best High School Entrepreneurs

November 6, 2012

The Quick Pitch Biz Competition is co-sponsored by Ernst & Young and the University of Iowa. It is a pitch competition that will award cash prizes to high school entrepreneurs from the state of Iowa that have the best ideas.

Lessons in Lemonade

June 13, 2016

"Lemonade Day" camp, is taking place in Cedar Falls with 4th through 6th graders. The camp uses a curriculum from the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa.