At UNI, you can start your own business before your graduate.

Do you have an idea for a business? Do you want help getting started? A minor or certificate in entrepreneurship will prepare you academically for the challenges associated with owning and running your own business.



Using the business model canvas to evaluate your idea, you will set things in motion by developing financial projections, creating a business plan and collaborate with a real company or organization on a strategic or tactical challenge.

Learn more about entrepreneurial resources available to UNI students.



An entrepreneurship education will expose you to entrepreneurial enterprises and equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to launch a business that will be financially successful.


Entrepreneurship Minor Courses & Electives

  • Entrepreneurial Fundamentals

  • Introduction to Economics

  • Principles of Marketing

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Entrepreneurial Strategy

  • Field of Study course  

  • Consumer Behavior

  • Marketing Research

  • Advertising and Promotion

  • Digital Advertising

  • Personal Selling

  • Sales Management

  • Services Marketing

  • Distribution and Logistics

  • Retail Management

  • New Product Management

  • Global Marketing

  • Global Trade Practices

  • Value-based Pricing

View Entrepreneurship - Minor


Entrepreneurship Certificate Courses & Electives

  • Entrepreneurial Fundamentals

  • Introduction to Economics

  • Principles of Marketing

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Entrepreneurial Strategy

View Entrepreneurship - Certificate


Learn more about entrepreneurial resources available to UNI students.


Student Business Incubator

The R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator, a program of the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC), is an educational learning laboratory designed to inspire and educate students interested in entrepreneurship.

Funded by the R. J. McElroy Trust, the incubator sets you up for success by giving you access to physical work space, area entrepreneurs and JPEC staff.


Full, Co-working, Affiliate Student Business Incubation

If you’re interested in becoming a tenant of the student business incubator, you must complete an application. After your application is processed, you will be placed in one of three levels of incubation.

Full and co-working incubation includes a suite with 24/7 access in the JPEC’s facility located in the Business and Community Services building on the UNI campus.

Affiliate program participants may not be ready to occupy physical space in the incubator or the nature of the business may not warrant physical space but will have access to the same resources as the other incubation levels.

If you think that sounds easy, think again. All students are required to participate in programs designed to increase the chances for entrepreneurial success. If you take advantage of al of the services provided through the incubation program, you will graduate with the skills and experience necessary to create a positive influence on the Iowa economy and beyond.

Learn more about entrepreneurial resources available to UNI students.


Beyond the Classroom

Many young entrepreneurs find that networking and getting involved is the key to start-up survival. UNI Business offers plenty of opportunities to connect with professionals who may be able to open a few doors following graduation, including more than 20 student organizations.


UNI Entrepreneurs an Affiliate of CEO and SIFE

UNI Entrepreneurs an Affiliate of CEO and SIFE is designed for students who are  interested in entrepreneurship. UNI-E members own their own businesses, engage in learning opportunities, work with small businesses, attend conferences, tour entrepreneurial ventures and host an annual elevator pitch competition.

Learn more about UNI-E.


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