In 2006, Iowa JPEC and the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development organization established the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute (OEI) to provide select undergraduate entrepreneurship students with a truly unique educational experience. Educational partners in this initiative include the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, Buena Vista University, and Iowa Lakes Community College. OEI XVII is set for June 11-15, 2023. Iowa JPEC will lead the initiative and select eight Iowa undergraduate students to participate in the program. Preference will be given to students who are participating in current Iowa JPEC academic and co-curricular programs.

To apply (BY APRIL 15), send a resume and statement of interest to David Hensley, Iowa JPEC executive director and professor in the 
Management and Entrepreneurship Department in the Tippie College of Business. 

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  • Receive coaching and feedback on your entrepreneurial venture from successful entrepreneurs and OEI alumni
  • Network with acclaimed entrepreneurs and business leaders
  • Hear inspiring stories from successful entrepreneurs and OEI alumni—learn how they did it
  • Make lifelong friends and career connections
  • All expenses paid – only cost students incur is the cost of driving to and return from Okoboji