Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, (319) 273-7350
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Brent Bierstedt, who graduated from the University of Northern Iowa earlier this month with a major in management information systems (MIS), is the first recipient of UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's Student Entrepreneur of the Year award. The award comes with a $200 cash prize.
Bierstedt, who is from Lone Rock, plans to run his Web hosting service company, Unlimited Web Network, in Algona. He founded the company three years ago.
He was nominated by three College of Business Administration faculty members for this award. The selection committee was 'unanimously impressed with his entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to academics,' according to Katherine Cota-Uyar, selection committee chair.
Bierstedt has founded several other companies, including a company providing computer help, a DJ Service Company, and a student information site called InfoPanther that was subsequently acquired by UNI.
He is the son of Lynn and Kitty Bierstedt.