JPEC Stories & News

Entrepreneur serving food to student in Rialto

UNI’s Rialto Dining Center hosts annual takeover with local food entrepreneurs

UNI Dining and John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center are proud to present the return of the second annual UNI Dining Takeover.
Emma Criswell and Hanna Saland standing in the hallway of UNI’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

UNI-founded Iowa Chill business provides opportunities to the next generation of students

A business that was founded at UNI is now passing its knowledge and opportunities to the next generation of students. The Iowa Media Company, which owns and runs the viral social media accounts “Iowa Chill” and “Midwest vs. Everybody,” has brought on several UNI interns into the fold to learn and help grow the brand, providing students real-world applications for what they’ve learned in the classroom.
Savannah Warren standing in front of Savvy Bean

UNI student Savannah Warren launches coffee, acai shop in downtown Waterloo

Savannah Warren has always been someone who likes to pave her own way, going so far as to call herself a little bit rebellious. She also isn’t one to sit idle when she has free time.
Patrick Luensmann

Luensmann appointed new director of University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Patrick Luensmann has been named director of the UNIJohn Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center following the retirement of former Director Laurie Watje.
Small businesses

The Heartbeat of Community

Think of the fond places you frequent in your hometown. Maybe it’s the corner pizza shop, the downtown grocery store, or the bank next door. In many towns, these businesses are essential, employing community members and providing the only goods and services available for miles.
UDEA Award of Excellence recipients

UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center’s economic development collaboration receives UDEA Award of Excellence

The University Economic Development Association (UDEA) recognized UNI for its Iowa CORE Black Capital Studies + Projects, receiving an Award of Excellence.
Nathan and Davan Crooker

Like-minded brothers find success with separate entrepreneurial ventures

Davan and Nathan Crooker asked themselves where they could go to get a quality education and grow their ventures. The answer? The University of Northern Iowa.
Skyler Ramsey headshot

Skyler Ramsey's unique academic path fuels entrepreneurial drive

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Photo of Russel and Laurie with giant check

University of Northern Iowa alum wins first place and $40,000 at entrepreneurial venture competition

Russel Karim, a 2015 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), won first place and a $40,000 prize at the 18th annual John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition. Karim’s business, Dhakai, enables eCommerce and promotional apparel brands to move from idea to final delivered products ethically, sustainably and cost-effectively through a single technology platform.
Scott Burak talks with group of students

Social media account showcasing all things Iowa traces its roots back to UNI

An Iowa-focused social media account showcasing memes, lifestyle, and the overall joys of living in the state has gone viral, garnering widespread attention both online and within Iowa itself. It’s called Iowa Chill, and the brand's story starts here at the University of Northern Iowa.