Business Consulting

"EMI prepared me for the real-world through hands-on consulting experience. As an EMI student, your outlook on a class project is amplified, exciting, and rewarding because real companies are relying on YOU."

Helaine Matson

BA '16 Communication Studies & Fine Arts

If you are a business or startup looking to receive business consulting services please click here for additional information.


Iowa JPEC business consulting services assist startups and businesses across the state of Iowa. This program provides affordable strategic results for clients, while also exposing students to real-world experiences.

Our Mission

  • Provide an affordable solution for Iowa businesses and startups- helping them tackle challenges and targeted projects, while also supporting the Iowa entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Provide recruitment and networking opportunities by connecting business students with Iowa employers.
  • Provide University of Iowa undergraduate and graduate students with challenging hands-on professional experiences, preparing them for future career success and giving clients first dibs on recruiting their next hire.

How it works

This program runs year-round and is structured around three academic course cycles fall (August – December), spring (January – May), and summer (June-July). Each client project will be worked on for approx. 120-150 hours throughout the course and should be able to be completed within this time.

Consulting services are provided by teams of 3-5 students, who are led and evaluated by experienced faculty and mentors throughout the course of the class. The students will communicate with the client regularly to share progress reports and obtain feedback from the client. The course concludes with a final student presentation to the clients.

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Career Development: Develop professional and career skills through experience and application

Career Exploration: Experience and evaluate different positions and organizations

Competitive Edge: Increase student awareness of internships and employment opportunities available in Iowa


Technical: Influx of professional skills and computer knowledge

Attitude: Fresh perspectives and enthusiasm in an organization

Recruiting: Identify, evaluate, and develop top talent by presenting students with reasons to start their professional careers in Iowa


The class is called ‘Entrepreneurship: Business Consulting’, and you may enroll for one of three sections for the spring 2016 semester:

ENTR:4200:0001: Mondays, from 5:30 – 8:15 p.m. in the Chemistry Building

ENTR:4200:0100: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. in the Pappajohn Business Building

ENTR:4200:OEXW: Tuesdays from 7:30 – 9 p.m., online