Recent News

Iowa City Kids are Scooping Up Business Knowledge

July 10, 2014

The Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship is teaching entrepreneurial skills to children in the Iowa City area. In the summer, the institute partners with Heyn's ice cream, and the children are assigned the task of creating innovative ice cream flavors.

Venture School guides students through pivots and pitches

July 10, 2014

The University of Iowa’s Venture School Student Accelerator program has 11 student-run businesses participating this year. The program focuses on the business model canvas and customer discovery to help students improve their companies.

UI Student Ventures into Business

July 9, 2014

A University of Iowa student, Elise Froh, started a bra company called Mobile Bra Shoppe LLC. The company is a specialty bra shop and is currently located in the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory at the University of Iowa.

ClusterFlunk Looks to Hire Team with $1M in New Funding

July 9, 2014

ClusterFlunk, a social network for college students, has raised $1 million to hire software and business developers to help expand their business.

UI Announces Venture School Entrepreneurial Training Program in Des Moines

July 9, 2014

The University of Iowa has developed Venture School to help entrepreneur increase their odds of success. Venture School is a new approach to entrepreneurial training, based on leading edge curriculum and emphasizing lean startup methodology.

Iowa's clusterFlunk Lands $1 Million from Groupon Co-Founders' Firm

July 8, 2014

ClusterFlunk, an Iowa City startup for college students, has raised $1 million from an investment firm in Chicago.

ClusterFlunk raises $1M round led by Lightbank, opens Chicago office

July 8, 2014

Due to ClusterFlunk's rapid rate of expansion and recent round of funding, they will be opening an office in Chicago.

Lightbank announces investment in Iowa-based student platform

July 8, 2014

Lightbank, a venture fund out of Chicago, recently announced a new investment partnership that will benefit ClusterFlunk. ClusterFlunk is an Iowa-based social-media platform.

Ground Floor: UI Student Starts Specialty Bra store

July 7, 2014

Elise Froh created Mobile Bra Shoppe, a specialty bra retailer that offers a larger range of sizes than most local stores, and professional measuring and fitting services.

Media Advisory: Top Iowa High School Students Learn Entrepreneurial Skills, Create Apps at UI Summer Camp

July 2, 2014

Twenty high school students from across Iowa are coming to the University of Iowa for the Innovation Institute program. The program teaches the students how to create their own apps and give them the opportunity to win seed money.

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.

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.

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.