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Seven finalists selected for 2013 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition

Date:  Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Seven businesses have been selected as finalists in the 2013 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition.  In the first round, businesses submitted brief information about their business plans. Based on those entries, judges chose 16 entrepreneurs to submit full business plans. Those 16 business plans were narrowed down to the final seven. 

The seven businesses continuing in the competition are: Higher Learning Technologies, HMR Supplies, Memcine Pharmaceuticals Inc., Osteoceramics, r-pipe, ScoutPro Inc. and TelePharm.

“Now that we have selected seven finalists, each business plan competitor will interview with a panel of judges on September 5th,” said Randy Pilkington, director of UNI’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and competition judge. “Based on those presentations, we will choose the top three finalists to recognize at a special awards ceremony on September 26th at Drake University.”

The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition is designed to stimulate business development and provide support for outstanding business plans. This year a total of $50,000 will be awarded to the top three submitted business plans ($25,000 for first prize, $15,000 for second and $10,000 for third). 

For more information, visit the competition Web site,, or contact one of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers provide entrepreneurial education and business support, partnering with agencies like the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), Entrepreneurial Development Centers (EDCs) and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.

2013 Finalists in Alphabetical Order

  • Higher Learning Technologies
    Higher Learning Technologies’ apps empower users with the ability to prepare efficiently for any exam anytime anywhere using the latest technology.  The company was founded in 2001 and is located in Coralville.

  • HMR Supplies
    HMR Supplies solves engineering problems and fabricates solutions to move and emplace the heavy infrastructure or manufacturing and clean energy.  The company was founded in 2001 and is based in Forest City.

  • Memcine Pharmaceuticals Inc.​
    Memcine Pharmaceuticals Inc. developed the platform technology for the improvement of vaccine efficacy against infectious diseases and cancer therapeutics.  The company was founded in 2010 and is located in Coralville.

  • Osteoceramics​
    Osteoceramics has developed bone implants and cements that are uniquely biologically active and create bone guided bone repair.  The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Ames.

  • R-pipe
    R-pipe is a civil engineering company that makes pipe from waste material that is lighter, more durable, as strong, and is slightly less expensive than concrete pipe.  The company was founded in 2013 and is located in Ames

  • ScoutPro Inc.​
    ScoutPro Inc. uses a crop scouting system developed by crop scouts to insure accurate, efficient identification and management. The company was founded in 2011 and is based in Ames.

  • TelePharm
    TelePharm is a turnkey telepharmacy solution that reduces labor costs and enables a remote pharmacist to operate multiple pharmacies. The company was founded in 2012 and is located in Iowa City.

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