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 2020 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is co-hosted by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers and the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

The 2020 applications are now closed. 



The 2020 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition will continue to operate as usual. The first two rounds are online applications that will not be affected. We will be sure to update all applicants if the competition will need to be changed because of the Coronavirus. 


The 2019 top three winners in alphabetical order are:


  • CartilaGen, Jaison Marks – CartilaGen is founded on a biomedical technology comprising of an intra-articular injection containing a drug suspended in a hydrogel vehicle capable of effectively preventing posttraumatic osteoarthritis – an entirely novel feat that has yet to be demonstrated by any therapeutic. 


  • Rantizo, Michael Ott – Rantizo is developing an integrated drone-based platform for the identification of in-field anomalies and targeted aerial application of agricultural chemicals via an electrostatic spray technology on board unmanned aerial vehicles. 


  • VetMeasure, Kevin Maher – VetMeasure is an animal health technology company that has developed a canine harness capable of continuously monitoring key animal health metrics, allowing earlier detection of potential problems like hypothermia, thus decreasing recovery time from surgery or illness, and potentially saving the dog’s life. 

2019 Semi-Finalist Companies:

CartilaGen, Inc.

Continuum Ag

Emory Dry Ice, Inc.


Firefly Photonics, LLC

Gnarly Pepper

Hartwood Hospitality Innovations, Inc.



Kimle Aquaculture



Mobile Pharmacist

Nebullam, Inc.

No Limbits

OmniLife, Inc. (formerly HealthTech Solutions, Inc.)

PractiGal LLC Presents FixxStick

Rantizo, Inc. by Member Marketplace, Inc.


TAG Tech: Palaestra Platform

Trigger Interactive, LLC.

True360, Inc.

VetMeasure, Inc.

2019 Finalists

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


University of Iowa

Lynn Allendorf


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