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Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

The 2018 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is co-hosted by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers and the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  The purpose of the competition is to encourage and promote entrepreneurial activity and create greater awareness of resources available to entrepreneurs in Iowa. 

The top teams will be awarded:

First Place: $40,000

Second Place: $25,000

Third Place: $15,000

Other prizes: totaling $20,000

*This is DOUBLE the amount of cash prizes as previous year ($50,000 from John & Mary Pappajohn, $50,000 from IEDA). 

  • Eligibility
    • Business plan must relate to an idea for a business in operation for four years or less, or a business that is not yet cash flow positive.
    • Principal business operations must be located in Iowa
    • Any business is eligible to participate except for those with a primary focus on retail sales, real estate or health care services or who have previously placed in the top three in this competition
  • Participants will be judges on their written submissions, and if they advance, their presentations
  • Participants will be judged on the following:
    • Does the business attempt to fulfill a valid need?
    • Does this business have a valid market?
    • Who is the competition?
    • What is your product? Is it valid?
    • Do you have a valid pricing model?
    • Valid marketing, sales, operations, and financial plans
    • Balanced team with development/marketing/sales/finance/IT/operations skills
  • Past winning teams have included a variety of ideas:
    • A wastewater treatment process
    • Data-driven livestock analytics
    • Shell and tube cleaning technology
    • Educational application that personalizes learning and collaboration