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Venture School is back!

Posted by Jennifer Ott on Jul 15, 2015
venture schoolThe University of Iowa is excited to bring Venture School back to the Des Moines area. Informational sessions will be held at the following locations: West Des Moines Chamber (4200 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines) on Tuesday, July 28, at 9 a.m. or at Gravitate (206 Sixth Avenue, Des Moines) on Tuesday, July 28 at noon.

The Des Moines cohort will kick off on Sept. 1. The application deadline for the Des Moines fall cohort is Aug. 2 at midnight.

New to Venture School and UI JPEC
JPEC is also excited to announce Wade Steenhoek will be in charge of onsite direction of Venture School’s entrepreneurial and outreach activities. He will also serve as the liaison between JPEC and DMACC. Steenhoek graduated with a B.A. from Simpson College and a M.S. from Drake University. He is joining JPEC after working nearly four years as the director of the entrepreneurship program at Central College. Steenhoek has also founded two companies: Iowa Leadership Academy and Info Dog Security of Central Iowa.

The UI developed Venture School to accelerate the startup process while increasing chance for success. It emphasizes real-world entrepreneurship through experiential learning, a flipped classroom and immediate feedback. Find out how Venture School improves your chance of startup success at one of these one-hour informational sessions. The sessions are free and lunch is provided. Alumni of Venture School are given opportunities to pitch in business model competitions to win up to $10,000 for their startup.

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The University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) is committed to being a national leader in teaching and supporting innovation and entrepreneurial development. JPEC is proud to play an important role in the development of Iowa-based technology and high-growth start-up companies. JPEC and its Venture School program help entrepreneurs by accelerating the startup process and increasing their odds of success. UI Venture School is the state of Iowa’s only National Science Foundation I-Corps Site.

Jennifer Ott, JPEC Training and Engagement Liaison, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center



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