The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship Outreach serves to create a strong relationship between Drake University and the entrepreneurial community in Greater Des Moines. Through programs and events including business plan competitions, entrepreneurs expand their possibilities and Drake students gain opportunities for hands-on experiences with small business owners.
John Pappajohn and his wife, Mary, provided a generous gift to create the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship Outreach at Drake in 1998. John Pappajohn is known worldwide as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He started his first business, an insurance agency, in 1952. He has been involved in more than 100 startups and more than 50 initial public offerings, and has served as a director in 40+ public companies.
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To celebrate its 10th year of stimulating business in Iowa, the John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition is being re-christened as the John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition and is hosting a Logo Design Competition. The Logo Design Competition is open to students on campuses where the five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers are located: Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa. Click here to download more information and the 2015 Pappajohn Logo Competition Rules.