May 19, 2024  
NIACC Catalog 2024-2025 
NIACC Catalog 2024-2025

The Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Certificate

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Certificate is designed for the aspiring student entrepreneur and is ideal for any student who someday would like to own and operate a business of his or her own.

Career Opportunities

  • This specially designed Certificate program allows students in any academic program to learn the essential elements of creating and managing their own entrepreneurial venture.
  • Students will focus on the core business disciplines that will assist them in any new business venture.
  • Learn how to create a road map that will allow you to attract start-up funding, market your idea, and grow your entrepreneurial venture.
  • The Entrepreneurial Certificate program will teach you the basics of business ownership, and these skills will help you find employment.


Students will be able to explore a new business idea, conduct market research, prepare marketing and financial plans, and learn basic skills on how to own, operate, and manage the business. All students are highly encouraged to participate in an internship before graduating.

Upon successful completion of the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial curriculum (at least 18 semester hours) with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded a Certificate.