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Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

The John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition contest is intended to encourage and promote entrepreneurial activity and create greater awareness of the resources available to entrepreneurs in Iowa. We encourage innovative, new ventures to participate. Judges selected by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers will review all submissions. Participants will be judged on the basis of their written submissions and, for participants who advance to later rounds, presentations to the judges. Judges will rank participants and, subject to certain limitations, the top three will be awarded. Prospective participants must read and comply with the rules of the competition set forth below to enter and participate in the John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition. The John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is void where prohibited by law.

The 2024 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is co-hosted by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers and the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

2024 Competition Timeline

March 13, 2024 | Competition goes live

May 13, 2024 | Application due by 11:59 pm

May 31, 2024 | Applicants notified if they've advanced to Round 2

July 15, 2024 | Round 2 application questions due by 11:59 pm

August 9, 2024 | Finalists Notified

August 22, 2024 | Final Round Pitch and Awards Luncheon

 

 

 

2023 Winners:

First Place: Dhakai, $40,000

Second Place: Classroom Clinic, $25,000

Third Place: Enciente Health, $15,000

 

Honorable Mentions:

($4,000)  AugmENT

($4,000)  Easy2Show

($4,000)  PVpallet

($4,000)  Repaint Studios

($4,000)  Stock Cropper Inc.

Contact Us

Please contact one of the John Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship (JPECs) below if you have questions about the business plan competition or would like some assistance developing your business plan.  We encourage participants to contact these centers when developing their plans to help create a well written executive summary. There are also many other resources for participants to take advantage of, such as our VentureNet Iowa and Iowa Department of Economic Development accelerators and other service organizations which are listed to the right.  For general questions and inquiries please contact your nearest Pappajohn Center, listed below. 

Drake University

Bill Adamowskii

515.271.4922

jpec@drake.edu

University of Iowa

Lynn Allendorf

319.335.3741

lynn-allendorf@uiowa.edu

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