The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at the University of Northern Iowa is much more than a launch pad for student entrepreneurs. The JPEC is a central hub for forward thinking change-makers located in the Cedar Valley. Our programs range from a Student Business Incubator; the Early Founders Program, an advanced accelerator; and the student organization, UNI Entrepreneurs. The JPEC collaborates with state partners to build and support IASourceLink and the regional office for the Iowa Small Business Development Center. These two state-wide programs connect Iowa entrepreneurs to resources across the state.
Our industry-experience instructors offer UNI students a minor and certificate in entrepreneurship. The JPEC team offers workshops and trainings to K-12 students to assist them in learning more about what it takes to become an entrepreneur. Through the generous support of CIPCO, unique internship opportunities are available to UNI students.