Recent News

Will Africa be 'the next Asia' for Trade?

April 2, 2018

Dimy Doresca, Director of the Institute for International Business, discusses manufacturing and trade in Africa as well as the ties the University of Iowa is building with African trade and business.

Business Model Competition Winners, Spring 2018

April 2, 2018

On March 28th and 29th, the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) hosted the annual Business Model Competition.

Iowa AgriTech Accelerator hosts first-ever AgTech Day

March 26, 2018

In honor of National Agriculture Week, the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator hosted its first-ever AgTech Day where startups across the country, including Venture School alumni Terva, showcased their AgTech innovations.

UI Students Start Nonprofit to Assist Classmates With Disabilities

March 23, 2018

After first-hand experience with unreliable home-care providers in Iowa City, Michael Penniman and two friends took control of the situation by starting their company, Students Care.

Startups receive funding from the Iowa Economic Development Authority

March 23, 2018

Over $600,000 was awarded to seven startups by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, including SwineTech and STRATAFOLIO.

Pappajohn Venture Competition Prizes Double to $100K

March 14, 2018

Applications for the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Competition are now being acceppted, with $100,000 in cash prizes, double the amount from previous years, now on the line.

Meet the 'bitcoin guy' on University of Iowa's campus

March 9, 2018

Cameron Schorg is a vocal advocate for cryptocurrency technology on the University of Iowa campus. Read more online.

University of Iowa student startup hopes to improve lives of people with disabilities

March 9, 2018

When care provider companies failed to meet a student's needs, a team of students created Students Care.

New Waukee dance studio will offer yoga classes

March 8, 2018

Premiere Dance Project, owned by Amanda Gustafson and Aunica Harvey, will open June 3 in Waukee. Read more online.

Side Hustle: Professionals Share Their Passion Projects

March 7, 2018

BondingBox, a Startup Weekend creation and Venture School alum, shows what it means to be a "side hustle". Read more online

Sigma Nu Tau Ventures to St. Louis

March 5, 2018

On March 1st, 16 Sigma Nu Tau members traveled to Missouri to learn from St. Louis business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Buchanan earns STEM Innovator certification

February 28, 2018

Jason Buchanan, Kenston Forest School Director of Technology, has completed the STEM Innovator Teach Certification from The University of Iowa. Read more online.

ICAD, JPEC Seeking Mentors for Corridor Entrepreneurs

February 27, 2018

ICAD and Iowa JPEC are seeking local community business leaders to engage with and mentor entrepreneurs as part of a state-sponsored Mentor Program.

Spring 2018 Iowa Startup Games

February 26, 2018

This past weekend, February 23-25, the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) had the pleasure of hosting Iowa Startup Games. The weekend long event was a success with 37 students participating to compete for $2,750 in cash prizes.

The Elevator Pitch: Gnarly Pepper

February 22, 2018

Sioux City Venture School alum business Gnarly Pepper features their custom spice blend formulations that mix with Greek yogurt. Learn more here.