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Navigating small business aid isn't easy amid coronavirus

The impacts on small businesses from the coronavirus shutdowns is already seen as owners wait for the long-term impact. David Hensley, Executive Director of Iowa JPEC, said small business owners can come to them for support and help during these tough times.
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Spring 2020 Startup Games Recap

On the weekend of February 28-March 1, we had the honor of hosting the Spring 2020 Iowa Startup Games competition. This three-day event brings together students from all areas of study to pitch their ideas to have an impact.
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Spring 2020 IdeaStorm Recap

The week of February 10-13, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) hosted four uniquely focused IdeaStorm competitions across the University of Iowa campus. The top ideas selected by judges were awarded cash prizes at each competition, as well as a People's Choice award that was selected by students who attended the event.

Hawkeyes work to help end "fish for sex" trade around Kenya lake

Two directors at the University of Iowa - Patrick Johanns and Kelly Bedeian - received federal funds to help train a group of 30 women living near Lake Victoria in Kenya on entrepreneurial skills and tools for breaking into the fishing business.

High school students tackling large problems, present solutions to community leaders

High school students from across eastern Iowa are taking the STEM Innovator Business Innovation class through the Jacobson Institute at the University of Iowa. These students have spent months problem solving potential issues in the state and are now presenting their ideas to a group of business and community leaders.

Students, faculty, staff honored for new business startup ideas

Numerous University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students received cash prizes for their new business start-up ideas recently in the Iowa Innovation Challenge.
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Iowa Innovation Competition Awards $81,000 To Support UI Innovation

On November 18-20 the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) had the privilege of partnering with the University of Iowa’s Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Iowa Research Foundation, and UI Ventures to host the first phase of the Iowa Innovation Challenge. The Iowa Innovation Challenge will award over $225,000 during the 2019-2020 academic year to support...

University of Iowa and ISU named top entrepreneurship schools by Princeton Review

The Princeton Review has announced the results of its top undergraduate and graduate schools for entrepreneurship studies in the United States. The University of Iowa made the list of top 50 undergraduate schools, ranking at no. 21.

Iowa Innovation Challenge offers $225,000 in prize money to entrepreneurial projects

Four UI organizations, including the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, have come together to create the Iowa Innovation Challenge, a new contest with $225,000 in funding for innovation and entrepreneurial projects.
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Fall 2019 Iowa Startup Games Recap

The last weekend in October we had the honor of hosting the Fall 2019 Iowa Startup Games competition. This three-day event brings together students from all areas of study to pitch their ideas to have an impact. $4,250 was awarded in cash prizes.