Cambio, a personal finance startup co-founded by Iowan Justin Dwyer, has been chosen to participate in the Y Combinator, a nationwide startup accelerator based in California’s Silicon Valley. The accelerator program lasts three months and invests $500,000 in every company that participates. According to a news release, Cambio’s platform is aimed at helping the 40 million […]

Home Base Iowa, America’s Small Business Development Center Iowa and the Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship are co-hosting the first Veterans Entrepreneurship Conference to support veterans and their families who are starting or expanding a business. Participants can attend sessions covering financial and legal basics and marketing and have opportunities to network and […]

University of Iowa graduate students and faculty interested in commercializing their research can now pursue that at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center’s new business incubator, the university announced Tuesday. The incubator is designed to be more flexible than the undergraduate incubator so students and faculty can participate no matter their schedule. The first cohort started this spring […]

Candi Karsjens has been named the new director of North Iowa Area Community College’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center following the departure of Tim Putnam in December 2021. Karsjens joined NIACC’s Pappajohn center in 2019 as director of innovation and acceleration, bringing more than 30 years of experience in business and industry, including owning several businesses. In […]

The North Iowa Community College Pappajohn Center and the Small Business Development Center are offering a free virtual workshop for people considering starting a business. The Start Smart workshop will cover topics like creating a business plan, doing market research and garnering startup funding. Attendees will be able to follow up with the SBDC after […]

“I dream all of the time. I want you all to know that ever since I’ve been a little boy, I dream about things that I want to do. I would dream about making money and dream about giving the money away; I dream about helping people.” John Pappajohn recounted the familiar story of the […]

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 […]

Applications for the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Competition are now open. The statewide competition will award $100,000 in cash prizes, including a first place award of $40,000. Iowa businesses that have been in operation for four years or less, or are not yet cash flow positive are eligible to apply. Participants will be judged on […]

Jade Nettrour is a senior in high school and has already designed an early prototype of new Christmas tree lights to make the annual decorating process easier — and more cat-friendly — for her family and their five felines. Nettrour’s demonstration earned her second place in a student “Shark Tank” pitch competition in 2020, and […]

Iowa founder Nancy Mwirotsi and philanthropist John Pappajohn. Pappajohn committed $100,000 and support from staff at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center network to help Mwirotsi expand the 6-year-old tech education nonprofit Pi515 in Iowa.  Contributed photo Early this fall, Des Moines founder Nancy Mwirotsi was surprised to take a call from noted philanthropist and Iowa […]