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Academic Year of 2023-2024

Academic Year of 2022-2023

Winter 2023

Feb 19, 2023

UNI and 24/7 BLAC win top national entrepreneurship education award

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The 24/7 BLAC Black Business Entrepreneurial Accelerator and its collaboration with the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center won the Model Community Accelerator/Incubator Award at the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship annual conference Jan. 21.

Jan 21, 2023

24/7 BLAC Business Accelerator wins national award with USASBE. 

Jan 21, 2023.

UNI graduate students present an introductory framework for how under-served minorities beat the odds at USASBE conference.

Jan 21, 2023. 

Black Capital Study PI elected to Minorities and Women Entrepreneurship SIG Board at USASBE annual conference. 

Dec 14, 2022. 

Black Captial Study PI appointed to the Judging panel for USASBE national award on pedagogical innovation. 

Fall 2022

Nov, 2022. 

Black Capital Study PI shortlisted for a national 3E Entrepreneurial Experiential Excersises award with USASBE. 

Nov, 2022. 

24/7 BLAC Business Accelerator shortlisted for a national award with USASBE. 

Nov, 2022. 

Black Capital Study PI elected to City of Cedar Falls Library Board of Trustees. 

Nov, 2022. 

Black Capital Study PI elected to City of Cedar Falls Historic Preservation Commission. 

Oct 7, 2022. 

Black Capital Study updates the UNI Foundation Board of Trustees. 

Oct 6, 2022.

Black Capital Study part of the collaborative effort in launching Mission Driven Enterprise Accelerator (MDEA) pilot. 

Sept, 2022. 

Black Capital Study PI wins top 20 under 40 honor.

Sep 30, 2022. News Release link 

Black Capital Study part of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's Inclusive Ecosystem in the Heartland cohort.

Sep 26, 2022  - UNI College of Business Dean, Leslie Wilson delivers award winning strategic redirection presentation to Business College Deans in the Midwest.

Black Capital Study + Project recognized by Mid-American Business Deans Association (MABDA) as part of a winning Strategic Redirection initiative.

Aug 2022 

24/7 BLAC Business Entrepreneurial Accelerator (BBEA) launches 5th Cohort


Aug 2022 

Presented at Academy of Management

June 2022 

Showcased Black Capital Study at Vitality Conference 

May 2022 

Launched the Summer Black Capital Team

Academic Year of 2021-2022


April 2022 

Showcased Black Capital at UNI Community Engagement Celebration

March 2022 

Received Veridian Community Engagement Grant to Launch Experiment 529 to increase Multi-Factor Productivity

Seven finalists named in 'Let's Make A Deal' Pitch Competition. Get ready for the viewing party

Feb 2022 

Winter 2022

Jan 2022 Presented Impact Report at U.S. Association Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Raleigh, NC. 

USASBE 2022 Conference Proceedings

Fall 2021

Dec 2021 the study was submitted to an Internal Review Board at University of Northern Iowa.

Submitted to IRB

Nov 2021. A list of Top 100 Black Entrepreneurs in the Cedar Valley is identified for The Black Capital Study 1.0.
The Top 100 List of Black Entrepreneurs 

Oct 2021. ReShonda Young join the Study as Chief Ethics Officer. Study is Named: The Black Capital Study + Project.

New Team Members joins The Black Capital Study

Sept 2021. Nine more Black Entrepreneurs joins the third BBEA cohort bringing the total of BBEA Participants to 31.

24/7 BLAC Business Entrepreneurial Accelerator (BBEA) Launches 3rd Cohort

Aug 2021. Megan Bunyer joins the team as Graduate Research Assistant bringing her expertise in Clinical Psychology to the Study. 

New Team Member joins Study

Summer 2021

Jul 2021. The University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (UNI JPEC) became research active in pursuit of making a  fundamental contribution to knowledge creation. 
UNI JPEC becomes 'Research Active'