Middle Bit: Iowa JPEC releases 2020 Annual Report

The University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) has released its 2020 Annual Report, sharing highlights and stories from University of Iowa entrepreneurs.

The report highlighted several new student ventures including Graze Analytics, founded by Daniel Machlab, and Fortius Accessories, founded by Shamira Rothmiller. According to the report, more than $480,000 was given out to Iowa entrepreneurs and more than 1,500 participated in Iowa JPEC programming.

“This past year challenged us all to innovate and adapt. In March, the University of Iowa moved to all online learning and programming. Our great team quickly modified classes and programs to continue our efforts to educate and inspire the net generation of entrepreneurial leaders,” said David Hensley, Executive Director of Iowa JPEC. “Additionally, we expanded programming to support existing Iowa and alumni-owned businesses who were facing unprecedented challenges. Iowa JPEC is committed to advancing entrepreneurial education, innovation, and economic development.


Techstars to host virtual event about Iowa’s startup ecosystem

Join the authors of The Startup Community Way, Brad Feld (Techstars CoFounder and Managing Partner at Foundry Group) and Ian Hathaway (Sr. Director of Ecosystem Development at Techstars) who will be hosting a conversation around the startup ecosystem in Iowa and how their learnings can be applied across the state.

The event will take place from 5-6 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Sign up for the webinar here.


Agtech Unconference scheduled for Oct. 21

Iowa State University’s Agriculture Entrepreneur Initiative (AgEI) together with Ag Startup Engine will bring together individuals in Agtech Investing and Entrepreneurism to discuss current and future challenges to the industry.

Learn more about the Ag Startup ecosystem for early and growth stage companies. Learn from successful entrepreneurs, founders, and venture capitalists on what the future of agtech looks like and lessons learned.

Hear from:

  • Amanda Donohue-Hansen, Managing Director of Cultivian Sandbox Ventures
  • Steven Brockshus, Founder & CEO of FarmlandFinder
  • BJ Johnson, Founder & CEO of ClearFlame Engines Technologies
  • Aaron Rudberg, Managing Director and COO of S2G Ventures
  • Todd Krone, Co-founder and CEO of PowerPollen

The event will take place from 1-3 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Register for the event here.