Sponsored by John Pappajohn, Equity Dynamics, Inc., the Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is intended for Iowa university and college students with an interest in starting their own business. Plans are judged based on a) Content of Plan and b) Viability of business idea. Three (3) seed grants in the amount of $5,000 are awarded to the top three business plans submitted in the competition. In addition, all finalists receive $500 if not chosen for the top awards.
How to apply:
Students will need to submit an executive summary, a one-page Business Model Canvas and financial projections to the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center closest to their home institution.
Regional John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers:
2020 Timeline of Competition
March 5, 2020 — Workshop
The Memorial Union, Campanile Room, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Learn more about the Pappajohn Student Business Plan Competition, tips and tricks, and ask questions about the criteria.
March 10, 2020 — All applications due
Initial submission of Executive Summary, One-page Business Model Canvas, Financial Projections (Income Statement), and Terms & Conditions (signed)
TBD — Judging, Regional Competition ($500)
Each of the five regional locations will select no more than three top business plans to compete in the final competition. Regional competitions may include personal interviews or oral presentations at the discretion of the regional centers.
TBD — Up to 15 Teams Selected to Advance
April 22, 2020 — Final Statewide Competition/Awards ($5,000)
Tentatively set for 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Regional award winners will give a pitch presentation (including slide deck) to Equity Dynamics staff in Des Moines, Iowa. Three top awards ($5,000 each) will be presented following a luncheon event. ($5,000 winners are not eligible for the $500 regional award–only one award per team.)
Guidelines & Resources
Required downloads to compete:
Use this guideline as an overview for the competition. Please note: you do not need to submit your application via email if you are a student at Iowa State or a nearby post-secondary school to the Iowa State Pappajohn Center. This is only applicable to the other regional Pappajohn Centers and post-secondary applicants.
Executive Summary reference links:
Business Model Canvas reference links:
Financial Projections reference links:
Please reference the Income Statement tab (3-year projections)
Pitch Deck reference links (required of finalists in Round 2):