John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition 2010


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 plan must be an original idea for a business in operation for four years or less, with net worth of $3 million or less, and with principal business operations in Iowa. 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 April 30, 2010. Accepted participants must submit a business plan by June 30, 2010. Finals are on September 9, 2010 with three winners to be notified on September 14, 2010. The ranking of the three winners is determined after their 15-minute presentations for Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneurs Conference (IVCEC) in Des Moines on October 5, 2010.

Competition Prizes

Cash prizes of $25,000 for first place, $15,000 for second place, and $10,000 for third place.

Other Info

Decisions will be made by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers, the Small Business Development Centers, the Iowa Accelerators/Incubators, Iowa Business Council, and private equity firms.