Recent News

Do our startups need more tough love?

March 31, 2014

Bob Dorf led Business Model Canvas workshops in Iowa City last week. He was incredibly direct in his feedback for the startups and stressed the importance of customer discovery.

Lessons in the Business Model Canvas from Bob Dorf of ‘The Startup Owner’s Manual

March 27, 2014

Bob Dorf, co-author of "The Startup Owner's Manual," discusses the benefits of the Business Model Canvas to entrepreneurs in Iowa City.

Young entrepreneurs get a shot at new program

March 10, 2014

The University of Iowa is offering a new summer accelerator program with financial incentives for student entrepreneurs.

Why Recent Grads Should Consider Joining the Startup World

March 7, 2014

Roby Miller, founder of Telepharm, shares the main reasons why he thinks people should consider joining the startup world.

Introducing: Midwest Growth Partners

February 28, 2014

Midwest Growth Partners formed by a joining of forces of venture firms over a year ago.The company provides private equity investments.

TAI Announces Finalists for Ninth-Annual Prometheus Awards

February 27, 2014

The finalists have been announced for the Technology Association of Iowa's 2014 Prometheus Awards. There were 93 nominations for 13 categories.

Olympian’s startup aims to correct ‘mommy hips’

February 19, 2014

Two-time Olympic bobsledder and University of Iowa alumni, Jean Prahm, launched a business called Mommy Hips. Prahm developed, and will now sell, a compression garment for women to restore their hips back to their original shape after childbearing.

Young Entrepreneur

February 12, 2014

Kayla Kearns, a high school senior, says that NIACC's Youth Entrepreneurial Academy helped her figure out what she wants to do after high school.

HLT Closes $1M Seed Round, Strives to Release 24 New Apps This Year

February 11, 2014

Higher Learning Technologies (HLT), a startup in Corvalville, Iowa, creates mobile study apps for high-level exams. They have recently won several big awards and they have plans to continue to expand.

Can Entrepreneurialism Be Taught?

February 2, 2014

With the acquisition of the proper skills and enough practice, entrepreneurship can be for anyone. In fact, there are several local resources for aspiring entrepreneurs in the area.

High School Students Awarded $4,500 in Seed Grants

January 31, 2014

The Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce the winners of the Fall 2013 Quick Pitch Biz Competition

Venture School - Impacting Students on Campus

January 31, 2014

Julian Valencia and Erik Ashby came into the University of Iowa’s Venture School last fall with an idea and a lot of enthusiasm. As full-time MBA students, they were exposed to case studies and innovative business strategies.

Venture School - Impacting Students on Campus

January 31, 2014

Julian Valencia and Erik Ashby came into the University of Iowa’s Venture School last fall with an idea and a lot of enthusiasm. As full-time MBA students, they were exposed to case studies and innovative business strategies.

A Conversation with David Conrad, UI’s New Economic Development Director

January 30, 2014

David Conrad, the new University of Iowa economic development director, came from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Despite being new to his position, Conrad already has quite a bit of insight.

Reed: Eastern Iowa Needs to Take More Risks in Venture Investments

January 24, 2014

Daniel Reed, University of Iowa's vice president for research and economic development, discusses the need for Eastern Iowa to increase its willingness to take risks in order to be more successful.