Recent News

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.

Educational Institutions across United Stated selected to host Mandela Washington Fellows

February 1, 2019

Twenty-seven U.S. educational institutions in 20 states will host Leadership Institutes for 700 Mandela Washington Fellows, the University of Iowa being among them for their fourth year. 

University of Iowa Student Starts Business to Make Custom Prosthetic Limb Covers

December 31, 2018

Senior at the University of Iowa, Erica Cole, has taken advantage of a unique opportunity to start her own business, No Limbits, to help others in the same position as her.

Erica Cole Wins Both Days of the Rose Francis Elevator Pitch Competition

November 28, 2018

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

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. 

Mandela Washington Fellow Wins ICT Awards

November 15, 2018

On October 24 in Kenya, one of our past Mandela Washington Fellows was the overall winner of The Connected Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Awards. Gervase Jeneri Wakoli had the SME with the largest social impact that aligned with the ministry of ICT. His Company Engho Kuku Farmer won both the agricultural category and the overall prize.

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.

Fall 2018 Iowa Startup Games

October 30, 2018

This past weekend, October 26-28, the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) had the opportunity to host the Fall 2018 Iowa Startup Games. The weekend-long event was a success, with over 40 students participating to compete for $2,750 in cash prizes.

Sigma Nu Tau Ventures to Chicago

October 18, 2018

On October 11, 17 Sigma Nu Tau members traveled to Chicago to learn from Iowa JPEC alumni business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Hawkeye Pitch Off Recap

October 16, 2018

On Thursday, October 11 Iowa JPEC students and alumni came together at WeWork in Chicago for a night of networking and ideation.

PowerPollen Takes Home $40,000 After Winning 2018 Pappajohn Pitch Competition

September 18, 2018

The 2018 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition commenced last week with 12 finalists. PowerPollen was announced the winner and was awarded $40,000.

Innovation Center Planned for Old University of Iowa Art Building

September 12, 2018

One last building sits untouched on the University of Iowa campus after the floods of 2008, but university leaders are now hoping to morph the space into a future home for inspiring entrepreneurs.

From Old Art Building, New Creations at University of Iowa

September 9, 2018

The University of Iowa is reviving the concept for a new innovation center with a twist - reincarnating the former Art Building along the Iowa River.

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