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John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition

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.

The 2014 competition is now open. Applicants are required to submit business plan information via a secure online program on the competition’s website, which also has additional information regarding rules, eligibility, and timelines.

Important Dates

  • June 16:  Deadline for Executive Summary and Publicity & Liability Release form submission through Gust
  • June 25:  Send notices to the selected companies to submit business plans to Gust Website.  Email non winners.
  • July 24:  Deadline for business plans to be submitted through Gust

Follow competition information on Twitter using the hashtag #IowaBizPlan.


2013 Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition News

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.

Articles about the John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition:


September 12, 2014
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