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Empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.

Welcome to the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center,



The UNI JPEC is now open to our staff and all students. We are now welcoming walk ins to tour and learn about our center as well as getting to know our staff. We are happy to meet with students both in-person and through zoom. To schedule an appointment in-person or through zoom we ask that you email We are excited to have everyone back on campus, and we will continue to be safe by following the guidelines set by UNI. 

Below are some helpful links that are provided by the University. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us by calling (319) 273-5732 or by emailing Thank you!

  • Winter 2021 Update
  • SBI Info Slide
  • A Journey Worth Exploring
  • Success is Right Around the Corner

The UNI JPEC provides a supportive and dynamic community,

equipping students with tools to experiment and grow.

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.