New Venture Student Business Plan Competition

Sponsored by John Pappajohn, Equity Dynamics, Inc., the Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition is intended for college students with an interest in starting their own business. Plans are judged based on a) Content of Plan and b) Viability of Plan.  Teams in the  NIACC Regional Competition will compete for one of three (3) $500 seed grants and an opportunity to advance to the statewide competition.  Finalists at the statewide competition will compete for one of three (3) seed grants in the amount of $5,000.


    • Full or part-time undergraduate or graduate students registered during the fall semester at any Iowa post-secondary educational institution are eligible for the competition.
    • Plans may be submitted by an individual or by a team of students.
    • Teams must consist of at least one student member.
    • Teams must consist of five or fewer members.
    • Business plans must be for a start-up business only (not for an existing business).

New Venture Business Plan Competition Guidelines

Competition Timeline
April 6, 2015 Application DeadlineRound 1: Initial Submission of Executive Summary, Canvas, & Financials
April 6 to April 17, 2015 Round 1: Judging – Regional Competition
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.
April 20, 2015 Up to 15 Teams Selected to Advance
May 1, 2015
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Round 2 Judging – Final Statewide Competition/Awards
Regional award winners will give a pitch presentation (including slide deck) to Equity Dynamics staff in Des Moines, IA. Award presentations will be presented following a luncheon event.