The University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center announced that Des Moines Area Community College has become a partner institution for its statewide Venture School Entrepreneurial Training Program. In this new role, DMACC will help recruit entrepreneurs, teams and startup coaches, and organize a Local Launch Day pitch event to be held the final night of class.

“We rely on a network of partners to help us deliver our training program in communities across the state,” Lynn Allendorf, director of Iowa JPEC, said in a news release. “Our partners — armed with their local knowledge — are able to provide support to the entrepreneurs after program completion.”

Other Venture School partner locations are in Iowa City, Dubuque, Mason City, Sioux City, Cedar Falls and the Quad Cities.

The Venture School program uses the National Science Foundation I-Corps curriculum to help startup businesses turn ideas into reality. Startups, small businesses, nonprofits and corporate innovation teams can participate in the Venture School program.