In 2007, Richard Jacobson, founder and chairman of the board of the Jacobson Companies, made the creation of the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship possible. The Jacobson Institute is now a nationally recognized program built around teacher education, innovative curricula and outreach that enriches the lives of students K-12.
The Institute supports the University of Iowa’s broader economic development efforts by providing educators with professional development and curriculum resources, equipping them to teach the “entrepreneurial mindset” – that is, to encourage creativity, innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, and to prepare students for success in their chosen career path.
The Jacobson Institute bridges connections between STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and economic development. Through a research-driven approach, as well as strategic collaborations, the Jacobson Institute helps create an entrepreneurial culture which enhances economic development.