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UI Entrepreneur Club Leader Wins National Award

The national Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) recently honored Laura Westercamp, president emeritus of the I-Envision entrepreneurial association at the University of Iowa, giving her a second place award for Best Student Leader.

She received the award and a $100 prize at the CEO national conference Oct. 27-29 in Orlando, Fla. Westercamp, a senior finance, marketing, and political science major from Cedar Rapids, was 2004-2005 I-Envision president and continues to be active in the organization this academic year. Part of the University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC), I-Envision has over 100 members who are involved in entrepreneurial studies.

Lynn Jahn, JPEC assistant director and faculty advisor for I-Envision, and Dawn Bowlus, JPEC Youth Outreach Coordinator, nominated Westercamp for the award.

"Over the past two years, Laura has developed into a dynamic leader and learned how to work effectively with and through others. She will clearly be a leader in whatever she pursues after college," Jahn said.

In addition to her leadership ability, Westercamp was recognized for being instrumental in the development of the outreach initiatives to educate youth about entrepreneurship in the Iowa City area, such as entrepreneurial summer camp for middle school students and an after-school entrepreneurship program. Under Westercamp's leadership, I-Envision developed a curriculum focused on developing personal financial skills.

I-Envision is one of the many programs for student entrepreneurs offered by JPEC, a center in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business established in 1996 through the generous support of John and Mary Pappajohn. In addition to providing a unique opportunity for all UI students through the Certificate in Entrepreneurship program, JPEC also partners with Iowa community colleges to teach entrepreneurship programs statewide, offers several programs to foster the development of entrepreneurial skills in Iowa's youth, and supports the creation of sustainable technology companies in Iowa.


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