Recent News

Coralville Hopes These Student Startups Will Inject New Life Into Iowa River Landing

September 2, 2018

8 student startups from Iowa JPEC's Founders Club are seeking establish their brands as they grow their product lines at a brick-and-mortar space at the Iowa River Landing in Coralville.

U of I Students Opening Collaborative Retail Space at Coralville Development

August 31, 2018

Eight current or just-graduated University of Iowa students have ambitious business plans. They're going to launch a joint retail shop in Coralville and do it in a very visible location.

UI Art Building to be Home of New Innovation Center

August 30, 2018

The building where Grant Wood created his world-famous art soon will become a place where University of Iowa students and faculty can collaborate and innovate to change the world.

UI Students Entrepreneurs Trying Brick and Mortar

August 29, 2018

Eight University of Iowa student-led businesses will open Foundry IRL, a collaborative retail and event space, next month at Iowa River Landing in Coralville.

Gnarly Pepper: A Healthier Dip and Condiment Alternative

August 16, 2018

Sarah Gotch had grown frustrated with the lack of healthy alternatives to traditional dips and condiments on the market. That's why she started Gnarly Pepper, a healthier alternative to the traditional dips and condiments used everyday.

The "Good Enough" Pitch with Gregg Barcus

August 15, 2018

You have just designed the most awesome product of all time. You have put together a lean and brilliant team. Now it’s time to go out and pitch your company. How do you go about it? You learn from Gregg Barcus on how to make the "good enough" pitch.

Iowa City Sees Success in Opening Female-Led Businesses, with 4 New Openings Coming this Month

August 7, 2018

In the past five months, the Iowa City Downtown District has had success recruiting more female-led businesses and announced four women-owned businesses coming to the area  including White Ivy Events, an alum of the University of Iowa's Founders Club. 

Gregg Barcus Teaches a New Generation of Entrepreneurs at Venture School

July 26, 2018

For University of Iowa professor Gregg Barcus, entrepreneurship is an adventure that now consists of teaching and mentoring others through Iowa JPEC programs like Venture School.

Student Accelerator Final Pitches, Summer 2018

July 25, 2018

On July 24th, the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) Student Accelerator program finished with the Student Accelerator Final Pitches.

Made in the USA

July 24, 2018

Vako Darjania, the founder of Vako Design, tells his journey on coming to the University of Iowa and blending his passion for art with business. Read more online

RAGBRAI 2018: Iowa JPEC Students Promote Pass-Through Towns

July 23, 2018

Small towns across Iowa are ready for RAGBRAI thanks to the assistance of Iowa JPEC students who have been working with each community to promote its businesses.

Short-term Study Abroad Offerings Allowed Mother of Four, Heather Cook, to Study Business and Culture in China

July 19, 2018

Heather Cook, mother of four, full-time employee at ABB, and online management student, managed to incorporate a study abroad experience to China with the support of her family, scholarship funding, and short-term study abroad offerings available to UI students.

African Entrepreneurs Connect to the Quad-City Global Ag Market

July 19, 2018

The Mandela Washington Fellows share their experience from traveling to the Quad Cities to visit John Deere and what they've learned through the Fellowship so far.

25 Young Africans Learn Business Skills in Summer Program through the University of Iowa

July 17, 2018

The Mandela Washington Fellows share about their experiences so far at the University of Iowa for the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Young African Leaders Arrive in Iowa City to Learn About Entrepreneurship and Promote International Dialogue

July 2, 2018

For the third consecutive year, UI’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) welcomes 25 Mandela Washington Fellows from Sub-Saharan African countries to the University of Iowa to learn about U.S. entrepreneurship and promote international dialogue.