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.
Student applicants from the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, Iowa State University, and North Iowa Area Community College will submit materials to their respective Pappajohn Center. Applicants outside of these schools (other private or community colleges in Iowa) will submit materials to the Pappajohn Center closest to their home institution.
April 1st, 2016–All applications due
Initial submission of Executive Summary, One-page Business Model Canvas, Financial Projections, and Terms & Conditions (signed)
April 1st-8th–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.
April 11th–Up to 15 Teams Selected to Advance
April 22nd–Final Statewide Competition/Awards ($5,000), tentatively set for 8AM-1PM
Regional award winners will give a pitch presentation (including slide deck) to Equity Dynamics staff in Des Moines, IA. 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.)
Required downloads to compete:
Signed Terms & Conditions is required within submission.
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 ISU 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:
Pitch Deck reference links (required of finalists in Round 2):