Venture School is a six-week entrepreneurial boot camp that helps would-be Quad Cities entrepreneurs figure out if there’s a market for their business idea and, if so, how to get it off the ground. Venture School is a statewide resource of the UI’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC).
The Noddle, a device invented by UI-spinout company Voxello, is a technology that helps patients communicate with their health care providers, even though they are unable to speak.
Siblings Empowered, a business co-founded at UI by student Caleigh Bemont, uses online platforms to provide emotional support to children of siblings who are in traumatic life situations.
UI students Caleigh Bemont and Bridget Blair have siblings who suffered through trauma—one’s sister battled a rare brain tumor, the other’s brother was murdered. Together, they’ve founded a new business to provide emotional support to children who were in the same situation as they were.
UI JPEC director and entrepreneur David Hensley discusses the joys and challenges of owning a family business, and how best to prepare transitioning the business from one generation to the next.