A great idea is just the beginning. The key to successful entrepreneurship is turning that innovative idea for a product or service into a successful business that gives rise to economic growth – generating jobs, attracting investment, increasing revenue and expanding opportunities within a state, region and community.
“One of the things we talk about in entrepreneurship is that it’s not just about starting a business, it’s about solving a problem,” says Judi Eyles, director of the Iowa State University John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Center (JPEC).
“Successful entrepreneurs have the mindset to make things better to improve the way people do something to change people’s lives for the better."
ISU is ranked among the top undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation by The Princeton Review® and Entrepreneur magazine. In addition to JPEC, which has been part of the campus for more than 20 years, ISU’s Ivy College of Business offers an undergraduate major in entrepreneurship. In 2020, the new Student Innovation Center is opening, offering a state-of-the-art, hands-on hub for students of all programs and majors to collaborate, design, create and bring their ideas to life.