Recent News

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.

Business Model Competition (BMC) Spring 2019

March 28, 2019

On March 26 and 27, the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) had the pleasure of hosting its annual Business Model Competition (BMC).

Innovator Spotlight: Mahdi Eghbali of VerdiLife

March 7, 2019

VentureWell's latest Innovator Spotlight is Iowa JPEC's very own, Mahdi Eghbali, founder of VerdiLife. 

Iowa Startup Games Spring 2019 Recap

March 4, 2019

The first weekend of March we had the privilege of hosting the Spring 2019 Iowa Startup Games. This is a three-day event where students, from all areas of study, pitch their ideas to have an impact.

University of Iowa to host 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

February 4, 2019

The University of Iowa is proud to announce that it has been selected as an Institute Partner to host the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders for the fourth year in a row.