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Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute 2018

Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2018

Every summer students from UNI, Iowa State, University of Iowa, Buena Vista, and Iowa Lakes Community College attend the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute held August 5-10th at Iowa Lakeside Labs. OEI is a week-long opportunity to grow as an entrepreneur and this year TJ Nissen of Network Nirvana placed second in the pitch competition and won $400. Emily Teymeyer, JPEC Program Assistant, and her team took first place in the blue universe. All of the students were inspired by the experience and are grateful to the Okoboji Community for welcoming Iowa students to their area for the past 13 years to encourage entrepreneurship in Iowa.

Students at OEI

Here is our group of students from UNI. 

TJ's team

Tj and his team working hard.

Be inspired

Will, Nate, and Emily at graduation ceremonies.

Will's team winning

Will's team being recognized as winning red universe.

Governor Kim Reynolds

Governor Kim Reynolds talking to the OEI 2018 students.

Governor with the group of students

Group photo with the Governor. The students really enjoyed speaking with her.