Recent News

Winner announced in Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition

September 18, 2014

The 2014 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition came to a close on September 18 with the announcement of the winners at a special recognition luncheon at Drake University in Des Moines.

2 Metro Firms Win #Hashies; U of I Center Wins Silicon Prairie Award

August 22, 2014

The Social Media Club hosted their first ever #Hashie awards and in a separate awards ceremony, The Silicon Prairie News, honored the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center as Service Provider of the Year.

5 Silicon Prairie awards go to Iowans

August 21, 2014

Thirteen awards were given out at this year's Silicon Prairie Awards and five of them were given to Iowans.

And the Winners of the 2014 Silicon Prairie Awards Are…

August 21, 2014

Here is a list of the 2014 Silicon Prairie Award winners.

Tollakson Wins North American Ironman on his Des Moines-Made Bike

August 18, 2014

T.J. Tollakson, a professional triathlete and founder of Ruster Sports LLC, won the Subaru Ironman North American Championship. Tollakson was riding one of his very own Dimond bikes, produced in Des Moines.

UI-related businesses named finalists in Pappajohn Business Plan competition

August 14, 2014

Ten finalists have been selected for the 2014 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition, four of which have University of Iowa connections. The competition accelerates business development by providing monetary prizes for the best business plans.

Encouragement from Iowa Startup Accelerator Prompts Re-APP to Go Full-Time

August 11, 2014

Blake Rupe, founder of the recycling tracking app, Re-APP, decides to quit her full-time job to pursue her startup after receiving a call from the Iowa Startup Accelerator.

Iowa City startup catches eye of big investor

August 8, 2014

TelePharm, a telepharmacy startup in Iowa City that provides pharmaceutical services to rural areas, received backing from two major investors.

TelePharm raises $2.5M from John Pappajohn, Bruce Rastetter

August 8, 2014

TelePharm, a telepharmacy that provides pharmaceutical services to people in rural areas, recently received an investment of $2.5 million.

Drum Roll, Please… Here are all 56 Silicon Prairie Awards Finalists

July 28, 2014

The third-annual Silicon Prairie Awards are taking place next month in Kansas City. Everyone will have two weeks to vote for their favorite finalists.

Take Your Idea to Venture School

July 25, 2014

The University of Iowa Venture School program, part of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, is coming to Des Moinses this fall to help entrepreneurs to build their startups quickly and efficiently.

How to Break Into the Educational App Marketplace

July 22, 2014

Apps are becoming much more popular as study tools. One of the most popular educational app developers, Higher Learning Technologies, has been making a huge impact.

Entrepreneur program expands

July 21, 2014

The University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center’s Venture School program guides entrepreneurs in the creation of their startups. The program will be expanding to Des Moines in August.

Iowa JPEC Reveals Venture School Mentor Team After Thursday Social

July 18, 2014

In September, the first group of individuals will be participating in the University of Iowa Venture School program at the Des Moines location. Here is a list of the mentors for the Des Moines cohort.

UI, M.C. Ginsberg Team Up to Offer Prototyping Services to Aspiring Inventors

July 17, 2014

The Uuniversity of Iowa's Office for the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC), are offering a new service called UI Protolabs.