Statewide Network of Pappajohn Centers receives $200,000 Kauffman Grant

Statewide Network of Pappajohn Centers receives $200,000 Kauffman Grant

AMES, Iowa (June 30, 2021) – The statewide network of five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers in Iowa has received a $200,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to establish a mentoring program for entrepreneurs. The grant is part of the Kansas City, Missouri-based Kauffman Foundation’s Central Standards initiative that provides matching funds to encourage and accelerate collaborations among two or more entrepreneurship support organizations working together to support entrepreneurs in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.

The Pappajohn Centers are located at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, and North Iowa Area Community College. The network is one of seven organizations that received a Central States grant from the Kauffman Foundation.

The centers will work with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to implement its Venturing Mentoring Services model that is currently being licensed and used by more than 100 organizations to mentor entrepreneurs.

The Pappajohn Centers plan to launch the new mentoring programs in fall 2021. The initiative is expected to enhance Iowa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and lead to the creation of new scalable ventures and expansion of existing Iowa businesses.

For additional information, please contact Judi Eyles, director of Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship at or David Hensley, executive director of University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, at