John Pappajohn Business Plan Competition 2012


Applications due


Competition Organizer

John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Business - Local U.S.
Who's Eligible

The principal business operations of the business must be located in Iowa. The plan must be an original idea for a business in operation for four years or less. Businesses can include, but are not limited to: technology, bio-technology, green technologies, medical, advanced manufacturing, agriculture and agri-products, engineering and education.

Important Dates

Applications are due on April 30, 2012. The top 20 selected teams must submit full business plan by July 9, 2012. The plans will then be reviewed by judges, and 7-10 companies will be contacted as finalists on August 3, 2012. The finalists will present to the judges on September 6, 2012, where three companies will be chosen as winners. The 3 winners will then make presentations at the Awards Luncheon on September 27, 2012, where the Grand Prize winner will be chosen. 

Competition Prizes

Grand Prize: $25,000

Second Prize: $15,000

Third Prize: $10,000

Other Info

Winner decisions will be made by judges from the John Pappajohn Centers, the Small Business Development Centers, the Iowa Accelerators/Incubators and private equity firms.