Entrepreneurship skills add value to every business major and every career path.

Learn to think like an entrepreneur—to climb the corporate ladder or turn your big idea into a new company, with free consulting help and seed money for your startup. Here there is a launching pad for all types of creative minds.

Tippie College of Business is home to the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC), a national leader in teaching entrepreneurship and innovation. At Iowa JPEC, entrepreneurship education is open to every major and every career path. You will find more routes to an entrepreneurial mindset then you can count, whether you decide to start your own company or choose a corporate route.

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Be certifiably entrepreneurial

Amplify what you can do with your existing major with fundamentals of business and entrepreneurship. The Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management is a resume-booster open to all undergraduate students at the University of Iowa, including business majors at Tippie.


Turn your idea into a business

Enter a student. Graduate a business owner. Free office space, one-on-one mentoring, access to the startup community and funding are all part of the deal when you join Founders Club, the University of Iowa’s business incubator program.

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Alumni Story
Andrew Shao

"I'd go to every single networking event possible. Eventually, things will emerge out of those opportunities that you didn't even think of.”

Give entrepreneurship a 'major' role

Move beyond the fundamentals to focus your business education on entrepreneurship. Unearthing new ideas, testing their market potential, putting together a business plan. Skills like these are in high demand, whether you are setting up your own business or hired to manage one within a Fortune 500 company. Tippie offers an entrepreneurial management track within the management major that is designed to make you a strategic problem-solver and an innovative force to be reckoned with.

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Featured programs for entrepreneurs

Iowa JPEC helps entrepreneurs, students, small business owners, and innovators thrive through at all stages of product and business development. Learn what Iowa JPEC has to offer by exploring a few featured programs.

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Developing 21st-century skills in students through educator development, STEM Innovator® and BizInnovator® curricula, national innovation competitions, and summer programming for students.

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Helping small business owners and entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses through courses, business counseling, training opportunities, and workshops.

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Advancing knowledge and international skills in business and education through research, education, training, and consulting programs that connect locally while engaging globally.