About the Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition
Sponsored by John Pappajohn and Equity Dynamics, Inc., the Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is intended for college and university students in Iowa who have an interest in starting their own business. This competition runs annually in the spring. Plans are judged based on a) content/concept, and b) viability of business. Three (3) seed grants in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to the top three applicants who submit and present in the final competition. Regional (round 1) winners who advance to the finals but do not win the top awards will receive $500 per team.
Download the Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition application. Please return the completed application to your nearest regional Pappajohn Center.
Round 1 Judging: Regional Competition ($500)
Each of the five regional locations will select no more than three top business plans to compete in the final competition. Regional competitions may include personal interviews or oral presentations at the discretion of the regional centers.
Round 2: Final Statewide Competition/Awards ($5,000)
Regional award winners will give a pitch (including pitch deck) to Equity Dynamics staff in Des Moines, IA. Three top awards ($5,000 each) will be presented following a luncheon event. ($5,000 winners are not also eligible for the $500 regional award-only one award per team.)
On Friday April 20, 13 student teams representing Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa, had the chance to pitch and win $5,000 for their business idea with John Pappajohn and his team at Equity Dynamics. Three winning teams were awarded $5,000 checks: Hurd Health Group, represented by Dillon Hurd and Ethan Marti (Iowa State University); Speeko, represented by Anthony Pharm and Nico Aquilar (University of Iowa); and VeridLife, represented by Mahdi Eghbali and Vahid Khalajzadeh (University of Iowa). The remaining 10 teams competing in the finals all received $500 awards.
2017 Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition winners
The Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition, sponsored by John Pappajohn, Equity Dynamics, Inc., awarded three, $5,000 awards to Health Tech Solutions (University of Iowa), Continuum Ag (Mitchell Hora, Iowa State University), and ABAL Therapeutics (Shamus Roeder and Logan Grote, University of Iowa). Congratulations to everyone who participated, including Drake University students Colton Sleister, Sleister Brass; TJ Poll, SportsLab 360; and Jacob Schnackenberg, [CensorTape].
2016 Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition winners
Congratulations to Kelsi Ziemann Artistry, SwineTech, and VIM!
The Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition, sponsored by John Pappajohn, Equity Dynamics, Inc., awarded three, $5,000 awards to SwineTech (University of Iowa), Kelsi Ziemann Artistry (Drake University), and VIM (University of Northern Iowa). The final statewide competition was held at the Pappajohn Higher Education building in downtown Des Moines Friday, April 22, 2016.
A total of thirteen student businesses competed as regional finalists selected from each of the five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers (including surrounding private or community colleges): Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, North Iowa Area Community College, University of Iowa, and Drake University. Each regional finalist was also awarded $500, if not selected for the top award. The competition is held every spring and is intended for Iowa university and college students with an interest in starting their own business.
MEET THE WINNERS:
Kelsi Ziemann Artistry (KZA)—Kelsi Ziemann (Drake University)
Kelsi Ziemann Artistry (KZA) began as a professional service-based cosmetics company offering on-location makeovers. After thousands of customer requests for a long-wearing lipstick and lip liner in coordinating colors, KZA is in the final stages of developing a patented lipstick and lip liner kit that makes it easier for customers to shop for and store lip products. Empowering women is central to the brand so KZA will be donating a percentage of sales to empower women through educational scholarships.
SwineTech — Matthew Rooda, Abraham Espinoza (University of Iowa)
SwineTech is dedicated to the improvement of farrowing monitoring systems, an Iowa-based company located in New Sharon, Iowa and formed as a Delaware C Corp. SwineTech is striving to be a leading producer of farrowing monitoring systems for sow farms in the pork industry. SwineTech creates solutions to reduce the amount of piglets that die on farrowing facilities because they are being crushed by sows. SwineTech’s mission is to help farmers increase production in order to play their part in helping feed the world.
VIM — Kevin O’Rourke (University of Northern Iowa)
VIM is a piece of hardware that attaches to existing weight equipment. This hardware can track the weight, sets and reps performed by the individual exercising, and send it straight to their mobile device. Additionally, the software analyses the data and gives meaningful action points so individuals can hit their goals.
Drake University Finalists