Recent News

Apps Pave Path to Accidental Entrepreneurship

June 18, 2014

Blake Rupe, a University of Iowa student, used her passion for recycling to become an accidental entrepreneur. She created an app called Re-App that allows people to track their recycling and compete with other users.

Submissions for the Iowa Business Plan Competition due Friday

June 16, 2014

The Iowa Business Plan Competition application deadline has been extended. The competition is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to compete for resources and prize money.

Eight Iowa City and Coralville Companies Participate in Competition

June 12, 2014

The deadline for entering the Iowa Business Plan Competition has been extended one week to June 20th.  Iowa businesses are invited to submit business information via a secure online program called Gust.

Recycling App Makes Iowan Accidental Entrepreneur

June 11, 2014

University of Iowa student, Blake Rupe, became an accidental entrepreneur through her creation of a mobile application that encourages recycling. 

How to Turn an Idea into an App

June 11, 2014

Blake Rupe, founder of Re-App, did not have any technology experience when she started her business. Rupe offers some advice to others who find themselves in a similar situation.

Gravitate is a Go, Wood Says

June 10, 2014

Geoff Wood is opening Gravitate, an entrepreneurial hub space in Des Moines.

UI Alum’s App Encourages Recycling

June 3, 2014

Blake Rupe founded Re-APP,  an app that helps people track their recycling habits. Re-APP will be launching in the Apple Store June 1st.

Tough Lessons Learned From Building A Dream

June 2, 2014

The CMO of Bridge U.S., a software for the U.S. immigration process, shares the three most powerful lessons they have learned about entrepreneurship.

Re-APP Launches to Encourage Recycling

May 28, 2014

Blake Rupe, founder of Re-APP and University of Iowa alumni, is launching her mobile app in the Apple App store on June 1st. Re-APP encourages people to recycle more frequently and allows them to track their progress.

12 Teams Accepted to JPEC’s Venture School Accelerator

May 21, 2014

The University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center chose 12 teams to participate in the first student accelerator program.

UI Partners Hopes to Help Iowa Companies with IT, Business Services

May 6, 2014

The state of Iowa has a huge shortage of skilled workers in IT, web development and highly technical fields. To overcome this problem, a new program, UI Partners, will consult with businesses about their IT needs, then create projects for students to work on.

Eight teams emerge from 3 Day Startup Iowa City

May 4, 2014

3 Day Startup (3DS), an event where business ideas are pitched, teams are formed, and businesses are developed in one weekend, came to the University of Iowa. Seven businesses resulted from this event.

U of Iowa JPEC’s developer boot camp returns for summer session

April 29, 2014

The University of Iowa's Dev/Iowa Bootcamp is coming back for a summer session. The bootcamp teaches students how to be web developers through nine weeks of training.

UI Team wins $3,000 in National Competition

April 28, 2014

The 2014 Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) awarded nearly $3 million in cash and prizes in a record number of prizes at the Awards Banquet on Saturday night, April 12.

High Five: Jeff Nock

April 26, 2014

Jeff Nock, an entrepreneur and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center discusses his experiences in his career.