Recent News

Davenport West students work on life-saving product

February 16, 2015

Davenport West High School’s Endotherm team has been working on creating a bracelet for children to prevent vehicular heat-stroke deaths. They hope to have their product finalized by April.

UI Entrepreneur Institute Partners with American Girl

February 12, 2015

Dawn Bowlus, director of the University of Iowa's Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship, has been working with American Girl to ensure that the story of the new entrepreneur American Girl doll will be believable.

Recent University of Iowa Grads Generously Donate New Technology to University's THINC Lab

January 28, 2015

Two University of Iowa alumni donated thousands of dollars worth of new technology to the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's THINC Lab. The donation was a gift of appreciation for their alma mater.

UI Senior Creates Product to Increase Desk Space

January 26, 2015

Andrew Shao, a senior at the University of Iowa, invented Test Buddy, a small surface that attaches to desks to give students more space. Shao is currently working on prototypes, but hopes to see it in stores soon.

Venture School Program Coming to Council Bluffs

January 24, 2015

The University of Iowa’s Venture School program is coming to Iowa Western Community College this spring.

Ravi Patel considering 2016 U.S. House run

January 23, 2015

Ravi Patel, entrepreneur, philanthropist, political activist, and president of Hawkeye Hotels, announces his desire to run for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat in 2016.

Venture School coming to help entrepreneurs in Council Bluffs, Quad Cities, Iowa City

January 14, 2015

The University of Iowa’s Venture School is going to be in Iowa City, the Quad Cities, and Council Bluffs. Venture School is a program for entrepreneurs to work on their startups.

Des Moines Business Spotlight: Trisha Trixie Designs

January 12, 2015

Trisha Trixie, founder of Trisha Trixie Designs, is working on improving and expanding her apron business.

Ames native adds desk space for college students

January 5, 2015

As an entrepreneurial student at the University of Iowa, Andrew Shao came up with an idea for an appliance called Test Buddy.

Conservationist Turned Entrepreneur Looks to Grow Company

December 30, 2014

Blake Rupe, founder of Re-App, loves garbage. This helped her create her business, a mobile app that tracks your recycling. Read more online.

UI Among Groups Awarded Grant to Design New STEM Course

December 19, 2014

An Iowa Governor’s STEM Center grant has been awarded to the University of Iowa, Kirkwood Community College, several school districts, and 25 STEM business and industry leaders.

The Bedell Learning Laboratory Turns 10

December 10, 2014

The Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory (BELL) at the University of Iowa was opened in 2004 as a space for entrepreneurs to work on their ideas. On the 10th anniversary of its opening, several people reflect on their experience at the BELL.

Iowa City startup Pear Deck gets $500,000 Investment

December 10, 2014

Pear Deck, a startup in Iowa City that helps teachers lesson plan, raised $500,000 in seed funding.

Des Moines company keeps concrete level; UI students help make sure sales aren't

December 8, 2014

A group of students in the Entrepreneurial Management Institute in University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, are acting as consultants for several Iowa businesses.

Two Engineering Student Companies Involved in BELL Center

December 8, 2014

Spectator and Sight to the World are two businesses in the Bedell Entrepreneurial Learning Laboratory (BELL) that were founded by Engineering students.