About

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

The John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is intended to encourage and promote entrepreneurial activity and create greater awareness of the resources available to entrepreneurs in Iowa. We encourage innovative new ventures to participate. Judges selected by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers will review all submissions. Participants will be judged on the basis of their written submissions and, for participants who advance to later rounds, presentations to the judges. Judges will rank participants and, subject to certain limitations, the top three will be awarded. Prospective participants must read and comply with the rules of the competition set forth below to enter and participate in the John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition. The John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is void where prohibited by law.

2018 Timeline

Monday, May 21 at 11:59 p.m.: Applications Due

Friday, June 15: Semi-finalists Notified

Monday, July 30: Semi-final round

Friday, August 17: Finalists Notified

Thursday, August 30: Presentations and Interviews

Friday, August 31: Final Three Notified

Thursday, September 13: Awards Luncheon

Prizes

ONE (1) $40,000 First Place Prize

ONE (1) $25,000 Second Prize

ONE (1) $15,000 Third Prize

Additional Prizes totaling $20,000

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Past Winners

Next Steps

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