In 1996, John Pappajohn, president of Equity Dynamics, Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa, established five entrepreneurial centers throughout Iowa. Although each center defines its own mission and serves the state in a manner consistent with its particular strengths, each center has the same ultimate purpose: to enhance the effectiveness of Iowa's entrepreneurs. The primary mission of the UNI JPEC is two-fold: (1) student/faculty/staff entrepreneurship, and (2) technology transfer.
The JPEC offers many educational programs which can be found on this website. Additionally, JPEC staff make numerous public/teaching appearances annually. These include speaking engagements on entrepreneurship, the programs of the Center, and specialized workshops/classes. If you are interested in having a JPEC staff member speak to your class or group, please contact Katherine at 319-273-JPEC (5732) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The JPEC is a division of UNI's Business and Community Services (BCS).
The JPEC provides entrepreneurship education for K-College students. We help students in elementary school, junior and senior high school, community college, and college/university. If you are not a student, but need entrepreneurial assistance to start your small business, contact the UNI Small Business Development Center's Director Dan Beenken at 319-273-4322.