JPEC Program Helps Alum Hire Employees


Pixel Labs



Cedar Falls, IA


Start-up entrepreneurial companies have limited budgets to hire employees, and college students need internships and work experiences to help them find employment upon graduation.


The Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) Business Enhancement Internship program at the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) allows small companies to hire employees at a reduced rate while providing college students with quality internships.



Zach Everman worked with the JPEC as a student on his videography business. After graduating, he began to explore what would become Pixel Labs with the help of several BCS divisions including starting and growing the business in incubation space on campus. Zach turned to the JPEC’s CIPCO internship program to help him hire employees. He was to hire students with the right majors, skills, and knowledge, who wanted to gain real experience.


The CIPCO program reimbursed Zach for half of the payroll expense for these student employees, allowing him to grow and students to gain valuable experience.


Pixel Labs has hired 4 CIPCO interns. Several of these interns have even gone on to start their own businesses.