Application: Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

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.


  • Full or part-time undergraduate or graduate students registered for the 2020-21 academic year at any 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 plans must be for a start-up business only (not for an existing business).

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:

Ready to apply?  Look for the application towards the bottom of this page!

Timeline of Competition

March 15, 2021 – Applications Open
May 17, 2021 – Application Deadline

The initial submission of Executive Summary, One-page Business Model Canvas, Financial Projections, and Terms & Conditions (signed)

July 19, 2021 – Semi-Final Round Deadline
August 9, 2021 – Top Presenters Notified
August 27, 2021 – Final Presentations (at ISU)
September 23, 2021 – Awardees introduced at the Pappajohn 25th Anniversary Event