University of Northern Iowa

The R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator, a program of the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, is an educational learning laboratory designed to inspire and educate students interested in entrepreneurship and small business. The SBI program was originally funded by the Small Business Administration and private donations. These funds allow student business owners to explore business ideas with the assistance of JPEC staff and others. Current UNI students and teams of students are eligible to apply. Students from other area colleges and high schools will also be considered. Students are admitted on a semester basis and must demonstrate adequate progress to remain in the program. Students are required to participate in programs designed to increase the chances for entrepreneurial success. There are two types of incubation in the SBI — physical (full) incubation and affiliate incubation. Students involved in full incubation receive a suite in the JPEC’s facility located in the Business and Community Services building on the UNI campus. Students in the affiliate program may not be ready to occupy physical space in the incubator or the nature of the business may not warrant physical space. Affiliate businesses will receive all of the services except physical space. Students will graduate from the program equipped with the skills and experience necessary to create a positive influence on the Iowa economy and beyond.

How To Apply To The Student Business Incubator Program

The first step to being considered for the Student Business Incubator program is to study this presentation on business opportunity development and incubation. After submitting the quiz, you will have access to the application for the SBI program. For more information on the SBI, you may call the JPEC at 319-273-JPEC (5732).

Professionals who are working with SBI businesses include:
Laurie Watje, CPA
Judy Schindel, CPA
Kris Gulick, CPA
Ann Robinson & Jay Schares, PDCM Insurance
Eric Johnson, Attorney
Kate Mitchell, Attorney
Steve Dickinson, Attorney
Katherine Cota-Uyar, MA & MBA, Management, Marketing, Communications and Financing