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Student Entrepreneurship Awards

Kyle Coogler winning CBA Student of the Year

The annual awards presented by the JPEC are highly sought by the student entrepreneurs in the program. For them, receiving one of these awards is validation that they understand entrepreneurial principles and that they can build successful businesses. 


Kyle Coogler was awarded the UNI JPEC College of Business Administration Student Entrepreneur of the Year. Coogler won for his company, CREO, and his leadership with UNIEntrepreneurs, the student organization.  CREO specializes in working with employers and prospective employees to find the best fit in organizations for both.

Scott Burak and Grant Keller were the recipients of the  R.J. McElroy Student Business Incubator Student Business of the Year. They won this award for their company, AdFly Digital, a digital marketing agency. 

Scott Burak was the JPEC Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute's business of the year for the most growth in his business in the year after attending OEI. The award recipient is selected by the five JPECs. 

Kayla Kearns was the winner of the UNI Elevator Pitch Competition. She advanced to the national competition in Florida sponsored by the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. 

Congratulations to Kyle, Scott, Grant, and Kayla!


Previous Winners

Scott Burak, tenant winner, with JPEC Staff