Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Competition Iowa PitchOff Business Plan Competition

Applications for the John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition are now being accepted.

This statewide competition encourages entrepreneurs to present their viable end business model for a chance to win cash prizes! A total of $100,000 will be awarded. Iowa business that have been in operation for four years or less or are not yet cash flow positive are encouraged to apply by May 21st to participate.

For more information or to apply, visit Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Competition.


2018 Timeline
March 14,
Competition goes Live.
May 21,
Step #1: Deadline for Initial Application submitted to the Startup Compete website.
June 15,
Notification to all companies on whether they were chosen or not chosen to advance to the Semifinal Round. Semifinalists will submit full business plans to website.
July 30,
Step #2: Deadline for Semi-Final Round to be submitted through the Startup Compete website and complete a Publicity & Liability Release form.
Aug 17,
Notification to all companies if they are one of the 7 to 10 Finalists. The finalist companies are contacted on schedule for presentations/interviews with the judges.
August 30,
Step #3: Final Round: 7-10 Finalists will be videotaped while presenting their Pitch Deck to a panel of judges at ISU.
August 31,
Notification to all companies who are the final three winners (but not the rankings).
September 13,
Video of three companies during Awards Luncheon at Drake. Attendance is mandatory to receive awards. In attendance will be the Governor, IEDA Director and John Pappajohn. All companies that entered competition are able to attend.