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The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at the University of Iowa is a recognized leader in innovative education and outreach programs for aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages. According to the April 2003 issue of Entrepreneur magazine, JPEC ranks among the top 50 entrepreneurial programs at nationally prominent colleges and universities.

The Center is one of the first in the country to offer entrepreneurship education across academic disciplines. The Center is a partnership among the UI's Henry B. Tippie College of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and programs within the UI health sciences units, including the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

Founded in 1996 through a generous gift from John and Mary Pappajohn of Des Moines, JPEC offers a comprehensive entrepreneurial education program to all Iowans. JPEC students may earn a Certificate in Entrepreneurship in addition to their degree. Advanced courses are available to all graduate and professional students across the campus -- and to students participating in the Evening M.B.A. program in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and the Quad Cities. JPEC has programs for Iowa youth and high school teachers and students. The Center also has partnered with the Iowa Community College system to offer entrepreneurial training programs for all Iowans interested in pursuing their dreams of business ownership. Beyond educational programs, JPEC works with research faculty and companies within the University's Research Park, as well as with Iowa technology and high-growth start-ups, state and local businesses, and economic development organizations.

The Center can only work to develop and support the next generation of successful entrepreneurs with help from generous alumni and friends like you. To maintain and enhance its role in supporting the state's -- and nation's -- economic development, JPEC requires ongoing private financial support.

You can make a difference for aspiring entrepreneurs through your gift. Private support helps JPEC meet its crucial goals and continue educating the student entrepreneurs who will enhance economic development in the state and the nation.

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