CAPS program team activity
Sep 04, 2018

CAPS Program

For three days at the end of August the JPEC and Center for Business Growth and Innovation Staff hosted the Cedar Falls High School Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program strands for their beginning of the semester orientation.


Bikers trying Try Pie pies
Aug 27, 2018

Mayor's Entre-Tourism Bike Ride 2018

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau, Mayor Jim Brown led a 30 kilometer bike ride on Saturday, August 30th. The group stopped for a visit at Mill Race Coworking, Black Hawk Aronia Berry Farms and Evergreen Massage Therapy, Barn Happy, and lastly to the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center for lunch.


Kim Reynolds Speaking at OEI
Aug 13, 2018

Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute 2018

Every summer students from UNI, Iowa State, University of Iowa, Buena Vista, and Iowa Lakes Community College attend the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute held August 5-10th at Iowa Lakeside Labs. OEI is a week-long opportunity to grow as an entrepreneur and this year TJ Nissen of Network Nirvana placed second in the pitch competition and won $400. Emily Teymeyer, JPEC Program Assistant, and her team took first place in the blue universe.


BCS Building
Apr 09, 2018

Student Entrepreneurship Venture Competition Regional Winners

Kyle Coogler, T. J. Nissen, and Corey Behrens will compete at the state-level of the Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition for the chance to win $5,000. The three regional winners will compete in Des Moines against 12 other regional winners on April 20.  


BCS Building
Apr 09, 2018

Kearns Wins Student Pitch Competition

Kayla Kearns, a senior communications major, pitched her company Cool Aluminum Products, to a panel of judges to win $500. The company manufactures and installs window wells.


Kyle Coogler holding award
Mar 23, 2018

Coogler is National Finalist

Kyle Coogler, UNI senior communications major and owner of Creo, a business in the JPEC's R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator at UNI, has been selected as one of 25 national finalists for the Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge which is sponsored by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas, and EIX.org, a non-profit online platform for entrepreneurship education. 


TJ Nissen in his office
Jan 29, 2018

JPEC Grinnell State Bank Suite and Scholarship Winner

UNI senior, TJ Nissen, owner of Network Nirvana, a business in the R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator, was awarded the Grinnell State Bank (GBS) scholarship. The scholarship comes with a dedicated office for his business.


BCS Building
Jan 16, 2018

Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition Coming Soon

College students across the state of Iowa are invited to enter the Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition for the chance to win $5,000. The regional competition will take place at the local JPEC’s across the state and will continue on to the final round in Des Moines, IA. Students must submit a plan for a start-up business of their
choice by midnight on April 2nd and will be judged on the content, concept, and viability of their business idea.


OEI Students
Jan 02, 2018

UNI JPEC send students the Okoboji Entrepreneur Institute (OEI)

Each year, eight students from UNI join 24 other students from The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Buena Vista University, and Iowa Lakes Community College for OEI held in early August at Lake Okoboji.


BCS Building
Dec 14, 2017

UNI JPEC student wins Regional Elevator Pitch Competition

A UNI senior, who is a member of the JPEC program, won first place at the regional elevator pitch competition held at UNI and advanced onto the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) Conference’s pitch competition from October 26-28 in Tampa, Florida. Kayla Kearns, a communications major from Clear Lake, Iowa, competed for $3,500 at the national competition.


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