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.
Timeline of Competition
April 5 — Deadline for Submissions
April 6-16 — Independent JPEC Judging
April 17 — Finalists Announced
April 28 — Finals
How to apply: Download the competition guidelines here!Iowa State students apply online here!
Students who are NOT Iowa State students will need to download the packet and submit an executive summary, a one-page Business Model Canvas, and financial projections to the closest John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center to their home institution.
Regional John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers:
Required downloads to compete:
Use this guideline as an overview of 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)
Fillable W9 Document 2023 (required for any finalists receiving prize money)
Pitch Deck reference links (required of finalists in Round 2):
Investor Pitch Template (PPT)