John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

The University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (UNI JPEC) empowers and supports entrepreneurs and innovators at UNI, in the Cedar Valley and throughout Iowa. We are the centralized hub where Iowa entrepreneurs can find resources, explore programs, collaborate with peers and the community, and develop their new or existing ventures. Connect with us today so we can support your entrepreneurship journey in whichever stage you're at and make your business dreams come to life.

Inspiring, empowering and equipping entrepreneurs


Equipping UNI students with the education to launch your venture

We offer a Minor and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. For some students, this can be as few as nine credit hours. With our array of classes and hands-on learning, the JPEC wants to give you the experiences you need to succeed.

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Empowering entrepreneurs with resources and guidance

The cornerstone entrepreneurial program for the JPEC is the R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator. We have the knowledge, resources and connections to help you turn your idea into reality. Start your journey today.

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Inspiring the Cedar Valley to pursue their passions

The JPEC offers a variety of support and programming options for entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the Cedar Valley. Through our programs, our staff is equipped to support your business at every stage.

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Student and business incubation 
office spaces

collaborative environment

Welcoming and 


Years of serving entrepreneurs

Students working on business

Have a Business Idea? Let's Talk

The JPEC is here to help you launch your business and make all of those big dreams come true. We're your expert team that will help you overcome challenges, connect you with resources, and provide you with the space and tools you need to be successful. You've got this!