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Pappajohns Commit $10 million to entrepreneurship education

John and Mary Pappajohn, of Des Moines, are two of Iowa’s most generous philanthropists, and they recently announced a $10 million gift commitment to continue entrepreneurship education and programming through the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers at the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, Drake University, and North Iowa Area Community College.
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Iowa JPEC honors 11 entrepreneurial leaders

The University of Iowa will honor nine recipients of its second annual Iowa Innovation and Entrepreneurship Honors. The awards are presented by the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC). Established in 1996, Iowa JPEC is the University of Iowa’s hub for entrepreneurship education and outreach. A recognition event will be held Oct. 8.
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Hora's Passion for Farming Runs Deep

When you can trace your farming lineage to the European “old country,” you know passion for the profession runs deep.
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Merging a Love of Writing and Gaming

It’s common career advice: “Pursue your passion.” University of Iowa alumna Lauryn Ash pluralized the saying, weaving writing and gaming into her professional life. The writer, game designer, and entrepreneur has worked on games such as Marvel’s Avengers and Dungeon Defenders II since graduating from Iowa in 2014 with a BA in English with a creative writing track, a BA in international studies...
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Sprayer Mods Takes 1st at Hawkeye Startup Accelerator Final Pitches

Sprayer Mods, an attachable sprayer that uses a camera to detect weeds and minimize herbicide costs for farmers, won first place and a $3,000 award — as well as a $500 Customer Discovery Award — at Hawkeye Startup Accelerator Final Pitches on July 30 at MERGE in Iowa City.
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Iowa Alumnus' Thriving Company Fosters Health Care Connections

Several months into the pandemic, Jon Lensing (20MD) chose a path with boundless potential.

Statewide Network of Pappajohn Centers receives $200,000 Kauffman Grant

The statewide network of five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers in Iowa have received a $200,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to establish a mentoring program for entrepreneurs.
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Congratulations to our Iowa Innovation Challenge Winners

On April 13 and 14 the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) held the second phase of the Iowa Innovation Challenge. The Iowa Innovation Challenge awarded more than $150,000 to students, faculty, staff, incubator startups, and alumni who competed in the business model canvas (BMC) pitch competition last month. Congratulations to all the winners of the second phase of the Iowa...
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Winners announced in the 21st Annual John Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

The 2021 John Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition was held virtually with 13 students advancing to the final presentation round, where plans were reviewed by John Pappajohn and his team. Student entrepreneurs entering the competition came from Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa...

Congratulations to our Game Changer Winners!

On March 26 - 27, JPEC’s new online event and competition, Game Changer, provided the 16 participating students a platform to develop “impact-driven entrepreneurship” that addressed the presented UN Sustainable Goal, "Zero Hunger: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture." On Friday afternoon, students had formed four teams, and on Saturday...