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Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

New and start-up businesses can enter to win up to $25,000.

This contest is designed to stimulate entrepreneurial activity and greater awareness of the resources available to grow entrepreneurs in Iowa. All winners will be selected on an objective basis as determined by the criteria set forth below. You must read and comply with the rules to enter the Iowa Business Plan Competition (the Competition). This competition is void where prohibited by law.

Application deadlines and procedures, official rules, acceptance process, and contact information are available at

  • $25,000 for first prize
  • $15,000 for second prize
  • $10,000 for third prize

The deadline for entering the Iowa Business Plan Competition is June 8th at midnightExtended to June 15th at midnight!  Iowa businesses are invited to submit business information via a secure online program called Gust. A link to Gust is available at

The competition is open to new and start-up businesses (in business for less than four years). 

Join us this June at Startup Ames

We're calling this first meeting of the year the resurrection of Startup Ames as many of you may have joined us a few years ago when this group was active.  We're excited to bring this back for the community of entrepreneurs and business builders in the Ames area! 

What to expect for Startup Ames this time around?

• We're changing up the time and going to try Thursday mornings at 8AM, once a month.   Don't worry, free coffee will be provided.  

• We will be keeping a fireside chat approach with each speaker to engage the community in conversation and really allowing for connections and networking to follow.

Now, for our first speaker to kickoff Startup Ames...

Bill Adamowski, Economic Development & Industry Relations at Iowa State University

Bill is leading up Innovation & Entrepreneurship for EDIR at Iowa State.  He will be talking about the new initiatives and taking Ames & ISU's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem to the next level!   Bill has quite a vast background in venture capital, start-ups, business development and leadership.  He recently moved back to Iowa from San Francisco, CA for this latest opportunity at ISU. 

2015 Pappajohn ISU Student Finalists & Winners






ISU student teams ClinicNote & KinoSol both win $5,000 at Pappajohn Student Venture Competition.

Fourteen student teams representing Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, North Iowa Area Community College and Luther College got the chance to pitch to John Pappajohn and his team at Equity Dynamics for the chance to win $5,000 for their business idea. The statewide finals were held at the Pappajohn Higher Education Center in downtown Des Moines on Monday, April 27th.

Winners of two of the three $5,000 checks were awarded to: Mikayla Sullivan, Clayton Mooney, Ella Gehrke, Elise Kendal representing KinoSol (Iowa State University); Tyler Fox, Morgan Hampel, Justin Coaldrake representing ClinicNote (Iowa State University).

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