Iowa JPEC Offers Free Business Consulting to Local Businesses

Posted July 27, 2022
free business consulting with university of iowa students

free business consulting with university of iowa students

Iowa JPEC’s business consulting program provides strategic management consulting services to alumni and Iowa-based businesses and organizations. This program provides affordable results for clients, while also exposing students to real-world experiences. Student teams, who are led and evaluated by experienced faculty and mentors, create innovative solutions to unique problems for both emerging and established companies.


Companies are required to meet with the student teams regularly and provide timely feedback throughout the project.  From this investment, clients receive valuable research, insights and recommendations while providing students real-world business challenges.


How It Works:

This program runs year-round and is structured around three academic course cycles: fall (August – December), spring (January – May), and summer (June-July). Each client project will be worked on for approx. 120-150 hours throughout the course and should be able to be completed within this time.

Consulting services are provided by teams of 3-5 students who are led and evaluated by experienced faculty and mentors throughout the class. The students will communicate with the client regularly to share progress reports and obtain feedback. The course concludes with a final student presentation and written brief to the clients.

This program is offered at no cost to the business. However, each client is expected to dedicate 2-3 hours per week to the student team.

As a client, you will receive the following:

  • Competitive analysis
  • Environmental analysis
  • Insights from an expert
  • Student team mentorship from experienced professionals
  • Actionable recommendations

In addition to the services listed above, each client can select one other area of research that will advance their business. Options include:

  • Market trend analysis
  • Consumer behavior research
  • Observational study on customers
  • Social media strategy
  • Marketing/digital marketing strategy
  • Product/service growth strategy

Learn more or apply!