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$14,000 in prizes awarded to Hawkeye Startup Accelerator companies

15 student-run companies from the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) Hawkeye Startup Accelerator program pitched their innovative business ideas Friday, July 31, marking the end to the first-ever virtual 2020 Hawkeye Startup Accelerator.
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Venture School Launch Day 2020

Venture School Launch Day 2020 was held virtually in conjunction with EntreFEST. There were five businesses selected as finalists from the 2019/2020 cohorts to pitch at the event. A total of $31,000 was awarded.

Iowa Innovation Challenge Phase 2 Winners

On April 13 and 14 the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) held the second phase of the Iowa Innovation Challenge in partnership with the University of Iowa’s Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Iowa Research Foundation, and UI Ventures. The Iowa Innovation Challenge awarded $276,500 during the 2019-2020 academic year to support innovation across campus and is...

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.

Resources available for small businesses during time of uncertainty

The Coronavirus pandemic is creating a tough time for nearly everyone in the US economy. David Hensley, the Executive Director at Iowa JPEC, gives advice for small businesses.
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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.