Don't wait for your opportunity. Create it.

We believe you are never too young to solve a problem and make a difference. Do you have ideas? Bring them to life with the help of Iowa JPEC. Our student venture programs provide the support and resources students need to create a business, regardless of your major or area of study. The adventure awaits.

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Founders Club - Start your business

Do you have what it takes? Open to all UI students, this business incubator connects you with the resources to launch your startup, and to grow it into a sustainable business. Welcoming both individual students or teams, the Founders Club is located in the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory (BELL), providing a physical home for student businesses on UI's campus. Participants will have access to a variety of resources including collaborative work space and equipment, one-on-one mentoring from experienced professionals, workshops, trainings, networking, and funding opportunities.

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Additional programs for starting student ventures

Student Accelerator

for UI Student Startups

Throughout this eight week summer program, student teams will meet daily to launch their startup by using Lean Launchpad Methodologies. Through Brunch & Learns, office hours with a highly diversified and experienced teaching team, weekly pitches, and lectures, the Student Accelerator aims to accelerate the startup process while increasing each startups' chance for success.

IMIG

for UI Business, Engingeering, Law, & Medical Students

Business, engineering, law, and medical students team up to identify medical needs and solutions and learn how to put them through the commercialization process. This program is a great way to diversify your resume while working with students from a variety of disciplines.

Iowa Startup Games

for UI students

Team up, pitch ideas, and create a business in a weekend. Join students from all over campus to compete for over $2,500 in cash prizes. Did we mention there is free food all weekend and an option to earn one credit hour? If you are interested in entrepreneurship but are new to the startup process, this is a great place to start. No idea... no problem! You can join a team and help them bring their idea to life.

Competitions and funding

Looking for seed funding for your idea? Bet on yourself by participating in one of our many student business competitions throughout the year. Pitch your idea to a panel of judges to see if you have what it takes. Is your idea new? No problem! We have competitions for every level of the startup process, whether you are looking to validate your idea or have been working towards a business for a few years.

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Next Steps

If you are interested in starting a business as a student - or getting involved with a startup team, you've come to the right place. As the home of UI student businesses, there are opportunities for any UI student to become an entrepreneur. If you have an idea and are not sure what the next step is, reach out to our office and we can get you pointed in the right direction.

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