Across the University of Iowa, innovation and entrepreneurship are acknowledged as crucial to young people's future success. That's why the university's Jacobson Institute, creator of BizInnovator Startup, and the Tippie College of Business have partnered to offer high school students college credit. BizInnovator Startup students who qualify can earn three transferable college credits. These students demonstrate that they understand the concepts, have gained the 21st Century Skills they'll need to succeed and are ready for the next step in life.

  • STUDENTS: High school students may qualify for the college credit if they complete an Entrepreneurship course in which BizInnovator Startup concepts have been integrated and they pass the University of Iowa proficiency exam.  Those who pass are eligible for three University of Iowa ENTR:1010 Exploring Entrepreneurship credits for a reduced course fee of $150 from the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, a part of the Tippie College of Business.
  • TEACHERS: Must be BizInnovator Startup certified and have an active BizInnovator Startup license for students to sit for the exam.

Earning the BizInnovator Startup credits is a significant achievement of which students, teachers, and families can be proud. Only some students pass the proficiency exam and earn this opportunity. Congratulations to the students who achieve this honor!

There are many reasons why earning college-level credit for the introductory entrepreneurship class is beneficial. They include:

  • Sense of achievement. An official transcript from the University of Iowa, a Tier 1 research institution, demonstrates the student's ability to do college-level work while still in high school.
  • Credits may help a student stand out for college admissions and scholarship applications.
  • Credits are transferable to most colleges and universities, and may reduce a student's college course load and tuition dollars spent.


Only click on the link below if you have been notified by the University of Iowa that you are eligible for 3 college credits.


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