Student Business Plan Competition

Sponsored by John Pappajohn, Equity Dynamics, Inc., the Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is intended for Iowa university and college students with an interest in starting their own business. Plans are judged based on a) Content of Plan and b) Viability of business idea. Three (3) seed grants in the amount of $5,000 are awarded to the top three business plans submitted in the competition. In addition, all finalists receive $500 if not chosen for the top awards.

Eligibility

    • 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. High school students enrolled in college credit courses are eligible.
    • 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 (pdf opens in new tab)

How to Apply

Students will need to submit an executive summary, a one-page Business Model Canvas and financial projections to the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center closest to their home institution.

Competition Timeline
April 1, 2019 Initial submission of Executive Summary, One-page Business Model Canvas, Financial Projections (Income Statement), and Terms & Conditions (signed)
April 1 to April 10, 2019 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.

April 10, 2019 Up to 15 Teams Selected to Advance
April 26, 2019 Final Statewide Competition/Awards ($5,000),
tentatively set for 8AM-1PM
Regional award winners will give a pitch presentation (including slide 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 eligible for the $500 regional award–only one award per team.)

Coaching is available for North Iowa area students at the Pappajohn Center. Contact kelley.o’rourke@niacc.edu for more information.

Resources

2019 Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition Guidelines (PDF)

Application Packet

Use this guideline as an overview for the competition.  Please note:  you do not need to submit your application via email if you are a student at Iowa State or a nearby post-secondary school to the ISU Pappajohn Center.  This is only applicable to the other regional Pappajohn Centers and post-secondary applicants. 

Executive Summary reference links:

Executive Summary Guidelines (PDF)

Business Model Canvas reference links:

http://www.businessmodelgeneration.com/canvas/bmc

https://canvanizer.com/downloads/business_model_canvas_poster.pdf

Business Model Template (PPT)

Financial Projections reference links:

Copy of StartupModels Financial Template (excel)

Please reference the Income Statement tab (3-year projections)

Pitch Deck reference links (required of finalists in Round 2):

Investor Pitch Template (PPT)

http://guykawasaki.com/the_102030_rule/

https://www.marsdd.com/mars-library/how-to-create-a-pitch-deck-for-investors/