Thursday, June 12, 2014

The deadline for entering the Iowa Business Plan Competition has been extended one week to June 20th.  Iowa businesses are invited to submit business information via a secure online program called Gust. A link to Gust is available at the competition website.  The competition is open to new and start-up businesses (in business for less than four years).

This year, a total of $50,000 will be awarded to the top three submitted business plans: $25,000 for first prize, $15,000 for second and $10,000 for third.  Assistance with business plan entries is available at 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; the Small Business Development Centers throughout the state; the EDC in Cedar Rapids, VentureNet Iowa, and the business accelerators in Des Moines, Red Oak, Spencer, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Mason City.

Rules, eligibility, timelines and assistance information are available at the competition website.