City of Clive Partnering with UI Venture School

Venture School, a nationally recognized program for entrepreneurs developed by the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, will return on February 2, 2016, at the University of Iowa’s Pappajohn Education Center at 1200 Grand in Des Moines. Venture School increases the chances of a startup or new product launch’s success by helping teams align their businesses with the critical needs of their customers.

Unique to this Venture School cohort will be the participation of teams from five cities adjacent to Des Moines. These early registrants are joining Venture School to learn more about supporting entrepreneurs and startups in each of their cities.  Clive Mayor Scott Cirksena said, “The City of Clive is committed to supporting innovative techniques to generate opportunities for economic development and job creation in our community and the Greater Des Moines Metro Area.  The University of Iowa Venture School is an opportunity for the City to encourage an entrepreneurial spirit critical for any thriving economy and community.”

Teams participating:

City of Waukee

City of West Des Moines

City of Clive

City of Urbandale

City of Ankeny

Information Sessions:

Thursday, December 10 at 4:30 p.m. at the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce

Saturday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m. at West Des Moines Incubator

Wednesday, December 16 at noon at Gravitate

Thursday, December 17 at noon at West Des Moines Incubator

Tuesday, January 5 at noon at West Des Moines Incubator

Thursday, January 7 at noon at Global Insurance Accelerator

“Our goal is to bring the expertise of the University of Iowa’s award-winning John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) to people across the state of Iowa,” said Jennifer Banta, training and engagement liaison for UI JPEC. “By creating a partnership with entrepreneurs, we can offer budding entrepreneurs and small business owners a wide variety of resources including prototyping, business strategies and industry specific mentoring,” she said.

Deadline to register for the Des Moines Venture School Cohort is:  January 7, 2016

UI Venture School information can be found at:

UI Venture School

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.

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