The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center in Mason City is accepting applications for the fall 2021 cohort of the University of Iowa’s Venture School. Participating teams will each be assigned a local entrepreneur to be their coach throughout the course and win cash awards at EntreFEST 2022. An in-person orientation on the NIACC campus will be held on Sept. 16 ahead of seven weeks of hybrid classes held on Thursday evenings from Sept. 30 to Nov. 4. The deadline to apply is Sept. 9. Contact Candi Karsjens at with questions or if you are a local entrepreneur interested in becoming a Venture School coach. To apply, visit and select the Mason City cohort.