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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. Visit the materials, eligibility requirements, and guidelines page or stop by at the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center in Business and Community Services Building, Suite 13.  


Full or part-time undergraduate or graduate students registered for the 2021-2022 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.

2022 Competition Timeline
April 1                   Deadline for submissions
April 1-8               Independent JPEC Judging
April 15                 Finalists announced / three plans shipped to Equity Dynamics
April 28                 Finals (Des Moines)