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John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

The 2019 Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is now open!

Applications for the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Competition are now being accepted. The fourteenth annual statewide competition will be awarding $100,000 in cash prizes.

The $100,000 in seed funding consists of a $50,000 contribution from John and Mary Pappajohn and a $50,000 match from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The goal of this competition is to support Iowa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Iowa businesses that have been in operation for four years or less, or are not yet cash flow positive are eligible to apply. This competition is open to businesses including, but not limited to, technology, bio-technology, green technologies, medical, advanced manufacturing, agriculture, engineering, and education industries.
Participants will be judged on written submissions, and, those who advance to the final round of the competition, their presentations to a panel of judges. First place will be awarded $40,000, second place $25,000, and third place $15,000. Awards for other categories will total $20,000.

Applications for the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Competition are due Monday, May 20, 2019.
For more information or to apply, visit https://www.pappajohncompetition.com/

The 2019 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is co-hosted by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers and the Iowa Economic Development Authority

 

Winners announced in the 13th Annual John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

The 2018 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition came to a close on September 13 with the announcement of the winners at a special recognition luncheon at Drake University in Des Moines.  Twelve teams advanced to the final presentation round, and the winners were announced at the luncheon.

Unique to this year’s awards program was a generous funding match made by possible by Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, bringing the total awards for 2018 to $100,000.

PowerPollen received first place and was awarded $40,000.  Power Pollen is an advanced crop yield enhancement technology that enables higher productivity in seed and grain production.  Preserved pollen is used in combination with advanced pollen handling automation.  The preserved pollen is applied directly to the silks, on demand, to increase the yield and purity of hybrid seed and grain production.  PowerPollen is headquartered in Ankeny, Iowa.
Todd Krone, CEO
Todd.Krone@powerpollen.com
www.powerpollen.com

Insulights came in second place and was awarded $25,000.  Know exactly when and where your electric fence goes down. With Insulight’s bright LED light signaling a hot fence, you can quickly pinpoint where there is a break in your line.  Insulights is located in Akron, Iowa.
Bill Brown, founder and CEO
bbrown@mtcnet.net
www.insulights.com

TractorZoom received third place and was awarded $15,000.  TractorZoom is an online farm auction tool that connects farm equipment auctioneers and buyers quickly and in real time.  Users can search for farm equipment anywhere in the country by make, model, and function.  TractorZoom is located in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Kyle McMahon, founder and CEO
kmcmahon@tractorzoom.com
www.tractorzoom.com

Two honorable mentions were awarded prizes this year of $8,000 and $5,000, respectively.  Companies receiving these awards included Colin Hurd, CEO of Smart Ag, located in Ames and Mahdi Eghbali, CEO of Verdi Life in Iowa City.  Seven other entrepreneurs each received $1,000 finalist awards. 

"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.

The competition is a collaborative project of the Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa.

Details about next year's John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition will be announced in February of 2019. For additional information about the competition, visit http://pappajohnentrepreneurialventurecompetition.com/

 


 

2017 John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

Drake University hosted a special luncheon to announce and celebrate the winners of the 2017 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition, which encourages and promotes entrepreneurial activity and create greater awareness of the resources available to entrepreneurs in Iowa. Twelve teams advanced to the final presentation round, and the winners were announced at the luncheon in Levitt Hall on September 21, 2017.

Gross Wen Technologies received first place and was awarded $25,000. Gross Wen Technologies, headquarted at ISU Research Park in Ames, has invented an algal based wastewater treatment process that recovers nutrients from wastewater. The algae biomass that is produced can be used as a slow-release algal fertilizer.

lienwavers.io came in second place and was awarded $15,000. Based out of Springboard CoWorking in Sioux City, lienwaivers.io is a cloud-based construction payment platform to facilitate the exchange of lien waivers, ACH payments, W9s and 1099s.  Based out of Springboard CoWorking in Sioux City, Iowa, lienwavers.io intends to totally change the construction technology landscape by reducing paperwork and streamlining payments.

Pablow received third place and was awarded $10,000. Pablow has created a flexible insurance policy system that gives travelers the ability to purchase vacation rental insurance on their terms and on their own timeline, better protecting the renter and the manager.

Three honorable mentions were awarded $2,000 prizes this year. Representatives of companies receiving these awards included Colin Hurd, CEO of Smart Ag, located in Ames; Steve Brockshus, CEO of Terva Marketplace in Ames; and Seamus Roeder, CEO of ABAL Therapeutics in Iowa City.

"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.

The competition is a collaborative project of the Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa.

 

2016 Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition Winners Announced

The 2016 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition came to a close on August 25, 2016 with the announcement of the winners at a special recognition luncheon at Drake University in Des Moines.

Performance Livestock Analytics received first place and was awarded $25,000.  Performance Livestock Analytics has created a data-driven, real-time analytics system for precision livestock operations management. Through its Performance Beef product, a farm management platform for livestock producers, and through its Cattle Krush profit management application, the company helps the world’s livestock producers efficiently measure and manage activities and inventories as well as provides software analytics support for the entire livestock lifecycle.
Dane Kuper, CEO
dane@cattlekrush.com
Dustin Balsley, COO
dustin@cattlekrush.com
http://performancelivestockanalytics.com

Punctil/Virtual Waiting Rooms came in second place and was awarded $15,000.
Punctil Health is a software-as-a-service company offering punctuality solutions for healthcare.
Punctil Health aims to become the American patients virtual waiting room, allowing for same-day appointments and real-time service on arrival. Punctil’s goal is to simultaneously reduce wait-times, patient no-shows and bad debt, delivering value to American doctors and patients.
Denis Abrams, Co-founder
Ben Picard, Co-founder
ben@punctil.com
http://www.punctil/com

SwineTech received third place and was awarded $10,000.  
SwineTech is dedicated to the production of swine farrowing monitoring systems to protect piglets’ lives and improve production. Last year in the United States, over 13 million piglets died due to being laid on by sows. This growing problem is costing the corporate sow farm over $276,000 a year, and it’s costing the United States pork industry over $689 million.
Matthew Rooda, President
matthew-rooda@uiowa.edu
swinetech.co

"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.

 

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
cdirks@innovastechnologies.com
http://innovastechnologies.com/

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
jason@fanstreamm.com
http://www.fanstreamm.com/

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
kristi@immortagen.com
http://immortagen.com/

"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.

 

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