JPEC Stories & News

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New Look, Same JPEC

It's no secret that the logo an organization chooses can define them for years to come. Look at Nike, Coca Cola, McDonalds, Apple, and even Starbucks. You see their logo and you are instantly reminded that you haven’t been there in awhile or even just reminded that you really like their product. A logo really creates a story for customers and that’s why we thought it was a good time for us to go on the hunt for a new one. We decided that we wanted a fresh and new look!
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Business Major Wins UNI Elevator Pitch Competition, Heads to National Competition

University of Northern Iowa (UNI) senior marketing and management double major, Gabe Groothuis of Marion, won the UNI Elevator Pitch Competition that was held on campus Tuesday, October 9th.  He will get to test his pitch against college students from around the nation at the National Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) Conference Elevator Pitch Competition which will be held in Kansas City, Mo this November 1 through November 3. Groothuis shared, “I am very blessed to be the winner of this year’s pitch competition. I have been working on scaling and growing my business this year and…
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Elevator Pitch Competition

Join us for the Elevator Pitch Competition taking place on October 9th, at 5pm in the Scholar Room at the Rod Library. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners as well as 3 honorable mentions.
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Three JPEC Alum Named 20 under 40

Check out which JPEC alum were named in the Courier’s class of 2018 20 Under 40 awards:
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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.
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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.
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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. All of the students were inspired by the experience and are grateful to the Okoboji Community for welcoming Iowa students to their area for the past 13…
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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.
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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.  
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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.