The John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is now accepting applications! The competition is designed to stimulate entrepreneurial activity and greater awareness of the resources available to grow entrepreneurs in Iowa. The competition is hosted each year by the five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers in Iowa located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa. To learn more about the Competition and apply, visit: http://pappajohnentrepreneurialventurecompetition.com/
2015 Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition Winner Anounced
The 2015 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition came to a close on September 24 with the announcement of the winners at a special recognition luncheon at Drake University in Des Moines.
Innovas Technologies received first place and was awarded $25,000. Combating one of the largest sources of energy waste in the country, Innovas Technologies designs, manufactures and distributes industry leading shell and tube cleaning technology. The Helios Tube Cleaning System (TCS) provides continuous fouling prevention in the tubes of heat exchangers translating to savings in energy and maintenance.
President, Charles Dirks
Fanstreamm came in second place and was awarded $15,000. Fanstreamm is a technology company in the sports and entertainment marketing industry that provides tools to help teams and venues leverage data to grow revenue. Their first product is a group platform that moves an analog process online.
Jason Kristufek, Founder
Immortagen received third place and was awarded $10,000. The future of cancer treatment lies in personalized medicine that uses each patient’s entire genetic profile and interprets those data to make the best treatment decisions for each individual patient. Immortagen’s solution is to offer Clinical Decision Support through proprietary predictive algorithms that determine the risk of recurrence and identify specific treatment options.
Kristi Thiel, Founder
"Special thanks to John Pappajohn, who through his unwavering commitment to foster entrepreneurship in Iowa, has again sponsored this entrepreneurial venture competition and has provided extensive support for entrepreneurship in Iowa,” said Randy Pilkington, director of the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.
Details about next year's John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition will be announced in February 2016. For additional information about the competition, visit the competition website.
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.