The University of Iowa

University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC)

Hawkeye Innovation Expo

Join the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) as we celebrate innovation at the University of Iowa. The Hawkeye Innovation Expo brings the UI's most innovative faculty, staff, and students together in one place to celebrate successes, inspire new creations, and encourage networking for future collaborations. Throughout the day, there will be competitions, workshops, and an innovation and entrepreneurship expo that you won't want to miss!

International Entrepreneurship Summit

The International Entrepreneurship Summit, brought to the University of Iowa through a collaboration between the Institute for International Business (IIB) and the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC), is a panel discussion on the different resources available to Iowa small- and mid-sized companies looking to go global. The panel is made up of business professionals located throughout the state of Iowa, the USA, and the world.

Business Model Competition (BMC)

The Business Model Competition (BMC) is based on the methodology of the Business Model Canvas and requires that companies tell their story beginning from the idea stage, including pivots along the way. The customer-centered focus of the Business Model Canvas enables startups to validate their business model and pivot where necessary to optimize results. Questions participants will answer include: What were the assumptions in your original business idea? How did you test them? How did you respond to those tests? What has been the result? $20,000 in cash prizes is up for grabs!

Iowa Startup Games

The Iowa Startup Games brings together UI undergraduate and graduate students to start a business in a weekend. On Friday night, students pitch their ideas for a business and form teams to work on the best business ideas. On Saturday, teams discover information that pertains to their business, get outside the classroom to conduct customer discovery, and refine their ideas. On Sunday, teams tailor their final pitches, present, and win money! $2,500 in cash prizes is awarded during the weekend!

Idea Storm Competition

You will have one minute to share your idea with the audience. After presenting, judges will provide immediate feedback that will help improve your idea. The pitches are followed by a Startup Social, where you will have the chance to learn from professionals' experiences and find out about opportunities in the area. $1,500 in cash prizes will be given away. This competition is made possible by the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC), I-Envision, Sigma Nu Tau, and Enactus.

Rose Francis Elevator Pitch Competition

An elevator pitch is an overview of a business idea or commercial opportunity, and should be able to convince an investor to consider investing in your business idea in the amount of time it would take to reach your floor while riding in an elevator with him or her. The elevator pitch competition is open to ANY current University of Iowa undergraduate or graduate student, and $20,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. Newly formed ideas and early stage businesses will pitch on the first day of the competition, and validated businesses will pitch on the second day of the competition.

Faculty Innovators, Venture School Program

The University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's (Iowa JPEC) Faculty Innovators Program is a shortened 4-week version of Venture School designed to provide University faculty members with the opportunity to develop marketable ideas and accelerate the startup process. This program will give participants an introduction to the Lean Launchpad methodology and familiarize them with the Business Model Canvas and Customer Discovery.

Founders Club

Founders Club is a business incubator, supported by the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC), for entrepreneurial students pursuing the creation of a startup while attending The University of Iowa. Individual students and teams in the program receive a dedicated office space in the remodeled 10,000 square-foot Bedell Entrepreneurial Learning Laboratory, enabling them to concentrate on developing their business concepts.