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Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

The Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is sponsored by John Pappajohn, Equity Dynamics, and the Pappajohn Centers. This competition is intended for Iowa university and college students with an interest in starting their own businesses. Three seed grants in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to the top three business plans who submit and present in the final competition. Regional winners who advance to the finals but do not win the top awards will receive $500 per team. Plans will be judged based on a) Content/Concept of Plan and b) Viability of Plan. Click on "Guidelines" below to find application materials, eligibility requirements, and guidelines or stop by at the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center in Business and Community Services Building, Suite 128.  



Full or part-time undergraduate or graduate students registered for the 2019-2020 academic year at an Iowa post-secondary educational institution are eligible for the competition.
Plans may be submitted by an individual or by a team of students.
Teams must consist of at least one student member.
Teams must consist of five or fewer members.
Business competition applications must be for a start-up or new business only (not for an existing business). Regional directors will subjectively determine eligibility.

2020 Competition Timeline

March 27, 2020 – Round 1 submissions due; must include: Executive summary, Business Model Canvas, Financial projections, Signed Terms and Conditions.
March 30 - April 10, 2020 – Round 1 Judging, Regional Competition; Announcement of advancements on April 10.
April 22, 2020 – Round 2 final plan presentation (by invitation only); must include:  Executive summary, Business Model Canvas, Financial projections (3 years), Pitch deck. Must present in Des Moines, Iowa. If you do not present, you are not eligible to win the competition and an award.