Entrepreneurial events happening at University of Iowa this spring

Deadlines are quickly approaching for several different entrepreneurial events being hosted by Iowa JPEC this spring. Here are some of the events happening this spring.


Game Changer Competition

Game Changer is a new online event that provides participants a platform to develop “impact-driven entrepreneurship” that will address a United Nations Sustainable Development goal. JPEC’s Game Changer event challenges participants to change perspectives, develop critical thinking and team building skills about how to find viable, high-impact solutions to problems that we face on a local, national or global scale.

Application deadline is March 17, 2021.

Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute Application Deadline

Iowa JPEC established the annual, week-long Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute (OEI) in a partnership among Iowa universities and colleges, as well as Iowa Lakes Corridor Development in 2006. Today, the summer program continues to provide students with a week-long immersion into entrepreneurship and business strategy, and develop an outstanding network of peers and business professionals.

Students from the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, Iowa Lakes Community College, and Buena Vista University, participate in an advanced study of entrepreneurship that includes a team-based entrepreneurial venture computer simulation, seminars with entrepreneurs, business and community leaders, networking, and pitch competitions on the shores of Iowa’s Great Lakes in Okoboji, Iowa.

The 2021 Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute will run from August 8-12. The deadline to apply is March 26.

Iowa Innovation Challenge Phase 2

The Iowa Innovation Challenge is a university-wide competition with the goal to identify, advance, and support the most innovative projects on campus. $250,000 in total funding will be awarded during the 2020-2021 academic year to the most innovative ideas, The competition is open to all University of Iowa faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate students, incubator startups, and UI program and academic alumni.

The second phase of the Iowa Innovation Challenge is the Business Model Canvas Competition. This competition is based on the methodology of the Business Model Canvas and requires that companies tell their story beginning from the idea stage including pivots along the way.  It describes the rationale of how an organization creates, delivers and captures value.

Application deadline is March 31, 2021.