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Welcome to the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center,


The entire team at UNI Business and Community Services and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center extend our thanks to fellow service providers for all you are doing to support business and community development efforts. 

We are informing you that the UNI JPEC is no longer open for student walk-in appointments.  We are following the lead of the Iowa Board of Regents and President Nook in being cautious and concerned for the well-being of students.  Students can schedule a one-on-one zoom meeting time with one of our team members by e-mailing

Below are some of the links that small business owners and founders may find helpful. Please feel free to reach out to any of our team members, if we can’t help you, we will try to find someone who can.


  • JPEC 2019 Annual Report
  • SBI Info Slide
  • A Journey Worth Exploring
  • Success is Right Around the Corner

Comprehensive entrepreneurship program for students of all ages.

We offer a Minor in Entrepreneurship and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. For some students, this can be as few as nine credit hours. Maybe you have a business idea but do not want to study entrepreneurship? The JPEC can still help!
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.
Find out what graduates of our many entrepreneurship programs have to say about their experiences being entrepreneurs and working in the JPEC and with the JPEC staff.