David K. Hensley

David K. Hensley

Management and Organizations John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC)

Clinical Professor and Executive Director, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

  S160B  Pappajohn Business Building (PBB)
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1994

Academic History

  • MBA in Finance, University of Missouri - Kansas City, 1992
  • BS in Economics and Political Science, The University of Iowa, 1986


  • Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • Feasibility and Business Planning
  • Small Business Finance


  • Top 25 national undergraduate entrepreneurship program ranking, Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine, October 2013
  • The University of Iowa undergraduate entrepreneurship program is ranked among the top 25 nationally recognized academic programs by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine., March 2010
  • President's State Outreach Award, University of Iowa Office of the President, October 2007
  • Collegiate Teaching Award, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, May 2005
  • The UI's undergraduate program in entrepreneurship was recognized as the 2004 National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, USASBE, 2004
  • The University of Iowa was ranked as the 9th Most Entrepreneurial Campus by and The Princeton Review., 2004

Sponsored Research

  • Building an Integrated Innovation and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in America's Heartland, David K. Hensley, Richard Hichwa. National Science Foundation

Current & Prior Positions

  • Clinical Professor, Department of Management and Organizations, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa, July 2006 - Present
  • President and Founder, Hensley Group, Ltd., December 1999 - Present
  • Associate Director, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, January 1999 - June 2000
  • Director, Pappajohn Center at North Iowa Area Community College, April 1997 - January 1999
  • Supervisor of Research Automation and Economic Research Associate, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, January 1993 - March 1997


  • Enhancing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Iowa's Creative Corridor, Marion Chamber Annual Meeting, Marion Chamber of Commerce, Marion, IA, October 2015
  • Applying the Business Model Canvas to Entrepreneurship Education, Midwest Educators Forum on Entrepreneurship, North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City, IA, June 2015
  • University Economic Development Partnerships, Midwest Creative College Town Conference, Iowa City, IA, September 2014
  • Building an Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Program, Midwest Engineering Entrepreneurship Network, Akron, OH, August 2014
  • Strategic Business Planning, Iowa Banker's Association - Banking School, Iowa Banker's Association, Cedar Rapids, IA, June 2014
  • Fostering an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Iowa, EntreFest, Iowa City, IA, May 2014
  • Fostering an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Iowa's Creative Corridor, North Liberty Chamber Annual Dinner, Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, North Liberty, IA, October 2013
  • Strategic Planning in the Banking Sector, Iowa Bankers Association Banking School, Iowa Bankers Association, Cedar Rapids, IA, June 2013
  • Successful Iowa Entrepreneurs, John R. Hughes Lectures Series in Entrepreneurship, Hills Bank & Trust Company, Iowa City, IA, November 2008
  • Developing a Successful Career in Iowa, Okoboji Area High School Be Your Own Boss Day, Iowa Lakes Corridor, Okoboji, IA, November 2008
  • Growth Strategies for Your Business, Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneur Conference, IDED and JPEC's, Des Moines, IA, October 2008
  • Technology Commercialization at The University of Iowa, Association of American Medical Colleges' Business Affairs Principal Business Officers' Meeting, Association of American Medical Colleges, Toronto, Canada, September 2008
  • Small Firm Valuation, Iowa City SEED Monthly Luncheon, Iowa City Chamber of Commerce, Coralville, IA, September 2008
  • Supporting Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Through Distance Education, Iowa Community College Distance Education Conference, Iowa Community Colleges, Des Moines, IA, March 2008
  • Strategic Growth Strategies , West Branch Community Business Dinner, West Branch Chamber, West Branch, IA, March 2008
  • Successfully Growing Your Business, EntreFest, UNI/ JPECs / IDED, Cedar Falls, IA, February 2008
  • Developing a Successful Business Plan, UI Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, JPEC, Iowa Centers for Enterprise, ISB&T, Iowa City, December 2007
  • Writing a Successful Business Plan, Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneur Conference, Iowa Dept. of Economic Development & Others, Des Moines, IA, October 2007
  • Case Study on Student Business Incubators, National Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers, U.S. Entrepreneurship Centers, Syracuse, NY, October 2007
  • Entrepreneurial Resources, Iowa City Community Leadership Program, Iowa City/Chamber, Iowa City, May 2007

Committees and Professional Service

  • Des Moines Academic Task Force, 2015-current
  • Institute for International Business Advisory Council, 2015-current
  • Kirkwood Regional Center Executive Committee, 2015-current
  • Leadership Studies and Academic Courses Leadership Subcommittee, 2015-current
  • UI SBDC Advisory Board, 2012-current
  • Entrepreneurial Development Center, 2012-current
  • Technology Association of Iowa, 2012-current
  • Iowa City Area Development Group, 2011-current
  • Iowa First Capital Fund Advisory Board , 2004-current
  • University of Iowa Research Park Board, 2012-2016
  • University of Iowa Research Foundation Board, 2010-2016
  • Corridor Business Alliance, 2008-2015
  • Dream Big Grow Here , 2014-2015
  • Iowa Venture Capital Tax Credit Evaluation Study Advisory Panel, 2014-2015
  • BEST of Iowa Coalition, 2013-2014
  • Iowa Innovation Corporation, 2012-2014
  • Corridor Business Alliance Branding Committee, 2012-2014
  • University of Iowa Patent Advisory Committee, 2009-2014
  • University of Iowa Conflict of Interest in Research Committee, 2008-2014
  • Tippie Strategic Planning Core Committee, 2012-2013
  • WiderNet Executive Committee, 2005-2012
  • Henry B. Tippie College of Business Executive Committee, 2000-2012
  • Iowa Venture Capital Conference Planning Committee, 2000-2010
  • Henry B. Tippie College of Business MBA Curriculum Task Force Committee , 2007-2008
  • Univeristy of Iowa Research Foundation, 2003-2008
  • John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center/Iowa Centers for Enterprise, 2007-2008
  • Iowa Business Council Capital Formation Hot Team, 2003-2006

Additional Training

  • FastTrac TechVenture Entrepreneurial Instructor Training, 2006
  • Price-Babson College Fellows Program, 2001
  • Lifelong Learning for Entrepreneurship Education Professionals: Dynamic Classroom, 1999