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Jahn Named JPEC Assistant Director

Lynn Jahn has been named assistant director at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at the University of Iowa. In addition to overseeing entrepreneurial education and outreach programs, she will direct several new initiatives designed to expand experiential learning opportunities for UI undergraduate and graduate students participating in the campus-wide entrepreneurship academic program.

Jahn, of Swisher, Iowa, has been working with JPEC for the past three years as an entrepreneurial marketing instructor. Her expertise is in product marketing, software development, business acquisition and team building.

Prior to joining the UI, Jahn worked for several Silicon Valley companies. She served as vice president of product development at The Learning Company and Broderbund Software, where she headed $30 million personal productivity software divisions. She was also director of Intuit's Quicken Family Lawyer product line. Her experience working with several companies in their early development, including Parsons Technology, Optimal Electronics, MAGS Digital Controls and 215 Technology, has given her unique insight into a variety of successful and troubled startups. Jahn began her career as a software engineer for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids.

Jahn is a UI graduate, having earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1986 and an MBA in 1997. In 1988, Jahn completed the requirements for majors in mathematics and computer science at the UI.

Jahn is very excited about the educational offerings in entrepreneurship at JPEC.

"We have a tremendous opportunity to enable the next generation of Iowans to become successful business owners," she said. "The breadth of entrepreneurship education options available to our students, both in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business and throughout the university, is truly unique and will enable us to recruit top students, as well as stimulate new business development throughout the state."

JPEC is a recognized leader in offering innovative education and outreach programs for entrepreneurs of all ages. JPEC was one of the first programs in the country to integrate entrepreneurship education with business, engineering, health sciences and liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Center has partnered with the state's community colleges to provide entrepreneurial training to aspiring business owners across Iowa. It also offers entrepreneurial educational programs for Iowa elementary, middle and high school teachers and students. Entrepreneur magazine has ranked JPEC among the top 50 nationally recognized academic programs.


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