Starting a new business takes planning and a good sense of direction, but you don't have to travel that difficult path alone.

Many entrepreneurial programs are available through the Center for Business Growth and Innovation in UNI's Business and Community Services division(BCS). As an entrepreneur, you can receive direction and resources to help realize your business goals.

Almost all of our programs have been either nominated and/or won regional, national and international awards, including accolades from organizations like: the Mid-America Economic Development Association, the University Economic Development Association and the International Economic Development Council.  Frequently, UNI CBGI initiatives are heralded as best practice examples for economic development practitioners nationally on how universities can leverage their unique assets to create meaningful impact on regional economies.

 

UNI Dream Big Grow Here award winners

 

Resources for Entrepreneurs

The Center for Business Growth and Innovation’s team philosophy is to listen to the entrepreneurial community, imagine what we can do to fill gaps in their needs; then create sharable and collaboratively driven solutions leveraging our technology and university assets. Annually, we evaluate how we’ve done and strive to scale those resources that are effective to maximize economic impact for Iowa entrepreneurs.

 

Dream Big Grow Here

Dream Big Grow Here is Iowa’s premier business grant program providing thousands of dollars in grants and customized technical assistance to help entrepreneurs start or expand their business endeavors.
 

UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

The UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services designed for student entrepreneurs.

 

Innovation Incubator

The Innovation Incubator's state of the art facility provides technological resources, classroom and office space and priority access to business experts and UNI professors across a diverse selection of industries.

 

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Business student elected to Iowa House of Representatives

University of Northern Iowa senior business management major, Carter Nordman, was elected as a Republican to the 19th District of the Iowa House of Representatives, and at 22, he will enter as the youngest legislator in the chamber.

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