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Drake University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC)

University-based entrepreneurship centers focused on undergraduate and graduate programs as well as community support and training.


Whether you want to start your own business, create a breakthrough niche in an industry, or bring entrepreneurial skills to your current or future workplace, Drake’s entrepreneurship centers will give you the knowledge, experience, and assistance you need to succeed. The Buchanan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, established by William and Jean Buchanan, is focused on providing up-to-date and challenging academic opportunities for students. Center offerings include Drake’s major in entrepreneurial management and minor in entrepreneurship. Drake’s Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship Outreach, made possible by a gift from John and Mary Pappajohn, serves as a hub for connecting students, alumni, and local business people in a collaborative learning environment. Our newest program, the Lorentzen Student Hatchery, is a unique summer program aimed at fostering student startups and any Drake University student can apply to the Hatchery for the opportunity to get paid while working on their own startup. John Lorentzen (Drake B.A. and B.S.B.A in Political Science, Economics, and Management, 1977) founded the Hatchery through a generous donation with the intent to help Drake University students get a head start on creating their own businesses.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Business Plan Training

Management Issues and Training

  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Mentoring

Economic and Site Development

  • Consulting
  • Main Street Program Services

Technical Assistance

  • Training


  • Business Plan
  • Pre-Business Planning

Starting a Business

  • Business Research
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling

Internship Programs & Student Services

  • Internship Programs
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
Contact Information
2847 University Ave
302 Aliber Hall
Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 271-4518