The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition is designed to stimulate business development and provide support for outstanding business plans.
New and start-up businesses (in business for less than 4 years) are eligible to enter the competition for the chance to win up to $25,000. Information for the next competition will be available in February 2015. Please visit www.iowabusinessplancompetition.com for additional news and updates. You can also follow the competition on Twitter using the hashtag #IowaBizPlan.
2014 Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition Winner Anounced
The 2014 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition came to a close on September 18 with the announcement of the winners at a special recognition luncheon at Drake University in Des Moines.
Pear Deck received first place and was awarded $25,000. Pear Deck is an EdTech startup powering active classrooms in Google Apps for Education schools by blending personalized and collaborative learning in one simple app. Pear Deck was started in 2014 and is located in Iowa City, IA.
Green Start LLC came in second place and was awarded $15,000. Green Start has created a paradigm shift for the treatment of water and waste water, the patented technology can deliver over 600 mg/l of dissolved oxygen, several times that of natural saturation of oxygen in water, in a nano/micro-bubble form. Green Start was launched in 2014 and is located in Le Claire, IA.
Iowa Adaptive Technologies received third place and was awarded $10,000. IAT addresses the needs of those who experience communication barriers caused by physical impairments. Iowa Adaptive Technologies was started in 2013 and is located in Iowa City, IA.
"Special thanks to John Pappjohn, who through his unwavering commitment to foster entrepreneurship in Iowa, has again sponsored this business plan competition and has provided extensive support for entrepreneurship in Iowa, said Randy Pilkington, director of the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.
On September 26, 2013, a total of $50,000 was awarded to the top three submitted business plans: $25,000 for first prize to r-Pipe, a civil engineering company based in Ames; $15,000 for second place to Memcine Pharmaceuticals, based in Coralville; and $10,000 for third place to ScoutPro, based in Ames. Honorable mention and $1,000 was awarded to additional finalists: Higher Learning Technologies, HMR Supplies, Osteoceramics, and TelePharm.