UNI JPEC CBA Student Entrepreneur of the Year 2002

The 2002 JPEC Student Entrepreneur of the Year was Brent Bierstedt. He is being presented his award and check by Randy Pilkington, JPEC Interim Director at the College of Business Administration Spring Recognition Banquet in April of 2002.

Brent Bierstedt, who graduated from the University of Northern Iowa earlier this month with a major in management information systems (MIS), is the first recipient of UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's Student Entrepreneur of the Year award. The award comes with a $200 cash prize. It was presented to Bierstedt at the College of Business Administration's Spring Recognition Banquet.

Bierstedt, who is from Lone Rock, plans to runs his Web hosting service company, Unlimited Web Network, in Algona. He founded the company three years ago.

He was nominated by three College of Business Administration faculty members for this award. The selection committee was "unanimously impressed with his entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to academics," according to Katherine Cota-Uyar, selection committee chair.

Nominees were required to be a UNI College of Business Administration student entrepreneur majoring in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, MIS, Macc (master of accounting) or the MBA program. They also had to be admitted to the College of Business Administration, and to own and run an independent small business which has demonstrated sales and definable goals, preferably outlined in the form of a business plan, a marketing plan or a feasibility study.

Roberta Roth, UNI associate professor of management, wrote in her nomination of Bierstedt that his company's sales "have doubled each year of its existence." She said "I chose to use the Unlimited Web Network to host web sites for several companies with which I'm involved, and I found that it provides high quality service at reasonable costs with excellent customer support.

"Brent has created a thriving business in the complex, competitive world of Internet hosting services. Brent has also shown his entrepreneurial talents in several other endeavors. He has founded several other companies, including a company providing computer help, a DJ Service Company, and a student information site called InfoPanther that was subsequently acquired by UNI."

He is the son of Lynn and Kitty Bierstedt.