Learn to Lead

Housed in the Tippie College of Business, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center has been educating students on UI's campus for over 20 years. Our campus-wide approach offers academic programs with hands-on learning opportunities for any University of Iowa student, regardless of their field of study. With a wide variety of real-world learning opportunities, it won’t be long before you’re thinking like an entrepreneur.

Which track is best for me?

With two unique entrepreneurial majors and four certificate programs, every student across campus has the opportunity to learn how to think with an entrepreneurial mindset. Discover below which option is best for you.

BBA in Management, Entrepreneurial Managment Track

For Tippie College of Business students

This major is specifically designed to teach entrepreneurial skills that will prepare you for a variety of exciting career opportunities. This program will shape you into an entrepreneurial-minded leader, innovative manager, and strategic problem-solver – differentiating you from the crowd.

BA in Enterprise Leadership

for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students

This major focuses on business leadership. Offering a combination of business and liberal arts approaches, the program allows students to enhance their skills in communication, leadership, innovation, and critical thinking. This major is also offered online.

Certificate Entrepreneurial Management

For all UI students

This certificate teaches the fundamentals of business while placing emphasis on entrepreneurship theory and practice. This certificate is designed to be the perfect complement to ANY undergraduate degree, whether you want to start a business or quickly advance in a variety of fields. This certificate is also offered online.

Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate

For UI College of Engineering Students

This certificate recognizes that innovation is crucial. The program combines engineering technology, entrepreneurship, and business education to position students for success in today’s competitive work environment.

Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate

For Students in the Arts

This certificate helps students develop the skills required for creating market-based opportunities in the arts, such as starting a performing arts business, promoting their work as artists, leading arts-based ventures, and sustaining an arts-based career.

Media Entrepreneurialism Certificate

For Journalism and Mass Communication Students

This certificate prepares students to succeed in the fast-changing world of mass communication. Students will invent new revenue streams or business models for media companies, create new media products, work as part of an innovation team for an established media company, or even build a new business.


Create in the classroom

Not ready to dive into a major or certificate? We offer over 40 different entrepreneurial courses to give you a taste of innovation.

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Scholarship opportunities

Need assistance in financing your education? With over $30,000 in scholarship opportunities for entrepreneurial students, our generous donors are helping more students to reach their dreams. Get the recognition for your achievements that you deserve.

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