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Associate Professor of Practice



  • Associate Professor of Practice of John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC)

    Tippie College of Business

  • Associate Professor of Practice of Management and Entrepreneurship

    Tippie College of Business


Kurt is Associate Professor & Director of the UI Statewide Venture School Program. He also oversees the UI Innovators training program for faculty who wish to learn more about commercializing ideas. Kurt also teaches in the International Program, having done both Italy and Hong Kong assignments. Kurt teaches courses on Strategic Management of Technology, Advanced Business Planning, and Entrepreneurship & Innovation among others for P-MBA and senior undergrads, and the Iowa Medical Innovation Group. Kurt also serves on the JPEC Executive Council, and is a serial entrepreneur and former corporate executive in the medical industry.


  • MBA coursework, Pepperdine University, 1990
  • BS in General Science, The University of Iowa, 1982

Professional Service

  • Iowa Business Council Entrepreneurial Formation, Chair.
  • Iowa Biotechnology Industry Organization, Board Membership, Corporate.