Recent News

Middle Bit: Pappajohn competition awards announced at Drake University

September 22, 2017

Winners of the 2017 Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition were announced at a luncheon at Drake University. Gross-Wen Technologies received the top prize.

Winners announced in the 12th Annual John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

September 22, 2017

The 2017 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition came to a close on September 21 with the announcement of the winners at a special recognition luncheon at Drake University in Des Moines.  Twelve teams advanced to the final presentation round, and the winners were announced at the

Does Your Startup Feel Like a Helpless Baby?

September 20, 2017

John Paul Engle, a lecturer of entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa and an instructor and mentor with the Venture Program comments on why incubators work. Read more online.

Dr. Robert Emery Joins HealthTech Solutions as Chief Scientific Officer

September 19, 2017

Emerging health IT startup, Health Tech Solutions has named Robert Emery MD as Chief Scientific Officer. Read more online.

Viewpoint Wins Iowa SBIR Showcase Phase II Pitch Competition

September 18, 2017

Viewpoint Molecular Targeting LLC, a UIowa Startup that develops therapies and diagnostics for metastatic melanoma, recently placed first at the Iowa SBIR Showcase pitch competition, receiving a prize of $10,000.

iotaMotion Awarded $1.4M NIH SBIR Grant To Develop Implantable Robotics For Cochlear Implant Surgery

September 13, 2017

iotaMotion, Inc., a medical device startup, has received a $1.47 million grant from the National Institutes of Health through the Small Business Innovation Research program.

AI-Based Cancer Treatment Platform Helps UI Doctors

September 12, 2017

Immortagen, a UI faculty start-up, is ready to shake up cancer treatment by using its AI-based platform. Read more online.

Mandela Fellows gain public health insight

September 5, 2017

Mandela Fellows are hosted by the University of Iowa and complete the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's Venture School. Read more online.

Pappajohn Shares Insights with Young African Leaders

September 2, 2017

John Pappajohn spoke with the young African leaders from the Young African Leadership Initiative hosted at the University of Iowa and Drake University.

Made In Chicago: Kimmer's Ice Cream

August 28, 2017

Kimberly Yates, Iowa entrepreneurship alum, turned her love for sweets into a profitable Chicago business. Read more online.

Hawkeye Hotels raises its sights

August 21, 2017

Hawkeye Hotels, a family business, continues to grow. Read more online.

Iowa City startup raises $2 million

August 18, 2017

University of Iowa medical device startup, iotaMotion, has raised $2 million in investment. Read more online.

Health IT Start-up HealthTech Solutions, Inc. Awarded NIH SBIR Phase I Grant

August 15, 2017

HealthTech Solutions, an emerging startup, has received notice of award from the National Institutes of Health totaling $238,400. Read more online.

Venture School accepting fall applications

August 9, 2017

Venture School, a premier entrepreneurship program, is accepting applications from startups across Iowa. Read more online.

Meet the Fellow: Ana Castelbranco

July 26, 2017

Ana Castelbranco is the founder of Kamarta, a brand of national food products in Angola. Two years ago, after she returned home from working in London for seven years, Ana realized that her home country didn’t have any local food products being sold at their markets. When she tried to sell her mom’s homemade chili to some local markets, she saw the need for a wider variety of products.