A Week to Grow

Iowa JPEC established the annual, week-long Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute (OEI) in a partnership among state of Iowa universities and colleges, as well as Iowa Lakes Corridor Development in 2006. Today, this summer program continues to provide students with a week-long immersion into entrepreneurship and business strategy, and develop an outstanding network of peers and business professionals.

Students from the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, Iowa Lakes Community College, and Buena Vista University, participate in an advanced study of entrepreneurship that includes a team-based entrepreneurial venture computer simulation, seminars with successful entrepreneurs, business and community leaders, networking, pitch competitions, and fun on the shores of Iowa’s Great Lakes in Okoboji, Iowa. OEI has proven to be a life-changing experience for participants - just check out this video and see for yourself!

The 2021 Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute will run from August 8-12. We are now accepting applications. The deadline to apply is March 26.

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Sloan Hoover

Student Spotlight

Sloan Hoover

"OEI provided me with incredible opportunities from networking with seasoned professional entrepreneurs, to collaborating with fellow student entrepreneurs across the state of Iowa, to attending exceptional events put on by the wonderfully hospitable community of Okoboji. The connections and accomplishments created at OEI are priceless, fond memories that I will always remember."


  • Earn 3 semester hours of academic credit for the undergraduate entrepreneurship majors and certificates (FREE)
  • Network with acclaimed entrepreneurs and business leaders
  • Compete for cash prizes to advance your business ideas in a pitch competition
  • Compete for cash prizes in an advanced business simulation
  • Discuss your entrepreneurial ideas and career goals with seasoned business professionals and investors
  • Make lifelong friends and career connections
  • All expenses paid – including the academic course credit


  • Junior+ standing (more than 75 semester hours of college credit completed by the end of the spring semester)
  • Current UI undergraduate student enrolled in the Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management, BBA in Management with an Entrepreneurial Management Track, BA in Enterprise Leadership, Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate, Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate, Media Entrepreneurialism Certificate, and/or a member of the Iowa JPEC Founders Club
  • Minimum 2.50 GPA in the entrepreneurship program


Don't miss out on this elite opportunity to grow as a professional. Applications for OEI are typically due in March each year - while the program is held annually in August. This program is competitive and has limited spots available for University of Iowa students to attend.

The 2021 Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute will run from August 8-12. We are now accepting applications. The deadline to apply is March 26.

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