Entrepreneurship enriches every path


Programs provide students with an understanding of the many facets of entrepreneurship. Students will learn the process of identifying a business opportunity and developing an organization to establish a new venture. The curriculum provides students with the proper tools to evaluate the feasibility of a new venture and to identify the available resources for assisting an entrepreneur during the start-up phase of the business.

In conjunction with the Pappajohn Center’s courses and workshops, NIACC offers a one-year certificate program and a two-year degree in entrepreneurship. This combines classroom instruction with practical experience to enhance the development of a student’s entrepreneurial and small business management skills. Students will have the opportunity to participate and interact with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from across the state of Iowa and the Midwest through various events, conferences and competitions.

  • Note: Credit courses transfer to four-year colleges and universities including The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, and Buena Vista University.

Entrepreneurial Scholarships

Full-time NIACC students enrolled in the Associate in Science (Business) Entrepreneurship Degree program are eligible for up to $2500 in scholarships.

  • Note: Special consideration will be given to minority candidates.

See also Financial Aid Office scholarships and loans

Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

NIACC students are invited to apply to the Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition -  a business plan and pitch competition for Iowa university and college students with an interest in starting their own business. Learn more.