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 2022 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is co-hosted by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers and the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

The 2022 applications are now being accepted.

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2022 Competition Dates

March 16              Applications Open
May 16                  Application Deadline
July 18                   Semi-Final Round Deadline
August 5               Top Presenters Notified
August 12              Final Presentations (at Iowa State University)*

*Please note change of date:  The final presentations will now be held on August 12 in Ames, with the awards luncheon to follow immediately after the presentations.

2022 Semi-Finalist Companies:

Bottlesodes TV


Continuum Ag

DenScore Inc.

Distilled Ingredients


Farm Story Meats

Farmers Risk

Hexcrete Renewables

The Hummingbirds

Juggernaut Life Sciences, LLC

Janas Materials Inc.

Methylomic Solutions

Nistron LLC

ReEnvision Ag Inc.

S5G Therapeutics, Inc.

Vinyl Chromatic

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