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Meet the Fellow: Ana Castelbranco

July 26, 2017

Ana Castelbranco is the founder of Kamarta, a brand of national food products in Angola. Two years ago, after she returned home from working in London for seven years, Ana realized that her home country didn’t have any local food products being sold at their markets. When she tried to sell her mom’s homemade chili to some local markets, she saw the need for a wider variety of products.

UpCraft Club from Des Moines joins Puerto Rico accelerator program

July 24, 2017

UpCraft Club, a Des Moines-based company that sells digital sewing patterns online, recently joined an accelerator program in Puerto Rico.

How thinking across industries can help solve complex problems

July 20, 2017

Industry leaders in Iowa share the benefits of thinking across other industries.

Mandela Washington fellows help University of Iowa tap into global market

July 19, 2017

The University of Iowa is hosting 25 business leaders from Africa as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Young African Leaders Initiative fellows visit Iowa City, tour the state

July 19, 2017

John Pappajohn, a well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist, spoke to a group of Fellows from the 2017 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) last week. The Fellows are learning about economics in Iowa and the fundamentals of entrepreneurship during their six-week program.

Coralville's HLT raises $8 million investment

July 18, 2017

Higher Learning Technologies (HLT), a company in Coralville, creates mobile study apps for intense exams. HLT recently raised $8 million in investments and plans to use it to expand their team.

Meet the Fellow: Henry Ngale Foretia

July 18, 2017

Henry Ngale Foretia is the founder and owner of Ets Henry & Freres, the only poultry farming management business in his home country of Cameroon, Africa. Henry grew up with four siblings.

Visiting African students receive innovative gift from John Pappajohn

July 17, 2017

John Pappajohn, a philanthropist and venture capitalist, gifted the Drake University and Unversity of Iowa Mandela Washington Fellows with a food dehydrator made by an Iowa-based company called KinoSol. Pappajohn's purpose for the gift was to spur entrepreneurial growth among the Fellows.

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.

Save the Piggies

July 15, 2017

Matthew Rooda, University of Iowa alumni and founder of SwineTech, created a device to prevent piglets from being crushed by their mothers, and therefore save the pork industry billions of dollars.

Pappajohn to young African entrepreneurs: Do something, but enjoy it

July 14, 2017

Drake University and the University of Iowa's Mandela Washington Fellows got to hear from John Pappajohn, a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist, last week.

Young African entrepreneurs learning business skills in Iowa

July 12, 2017

The University of Iowa's Mandela Washington Fellows recently visited Davenport, Iowa. They are participating in this six-week program to enhance their entrepreneurial skills and expand their network.

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.

6 ways states are creating small business hot spots — and jobs

July 11, 2017

There are six main reasons certain states are attracting small businesses more than others.

This 26-year-old founder explains how to build a successful social enterprise

July 10, 2017

Aristole Loumis, founder of Ellison Eyewear, gives advice on how to build a successful social enterprise. Ellison Eyewear is a company that helps build homes around the world and offers sight to impoverished communities.