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UNI students win Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute simulation

September 17, 2012

Katherine Cota-Uyar, associate director, UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreunerial Center, 319-273-5732,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Two University of Northern Iowa students were on the winning teams for the 2012 Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute (OEI), a business simulation competition, which took place Aug. 5 through 10, at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in West Lake Okoboji, Iowa.

The winning UNI students Emina Halidovic, a senior marketing major from Waterloo, and Summer Kunkle, a senior finance and real estate major from Fredricksburg each received a $250 cash prize.

Eight UNI students attended the institute with 24 other students from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Buena Vista University and Iowa Lakes Community College. The students participated in the advanced study of entrepreneurship, including seminars with successful entrepreneurs, business leaders and community leaders and networking sessions to enhance the students' understanding of opportunities in Iowa. Each student received three hours of academic credit.

OEI is a joint effort of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED), the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, Buena Vista University, Iowa Lakes Community College and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers (JPEC) at UNI, the University of Iowa and Iowa State University.

The UNI JPEC, a division of UNI's Business and Community Services, provides a range of innovative educational programs and support services designed for student entrepreneurs. For more information about UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, visit, call 319-273-5732 or email