The annual competition is organized by the five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers at universities across the state. In 2014, a total of $50,000 will be awarded to the top three business plans—$25,000 for first prize, $15,000 for second and $10,000 for third. On Aug. 20, the finalists will present their plans and interview with the competition’s judges, who will select the top three contenders.
Initially, 25 entrepreneurs were selected based on information submitted about their business plans. Then the competition’s judges whittled the list down to just 10. The other seven finalists are Advanced Renewable Technology International, eVizzit, Green Start, Innovas Technologies, iTracking Research, Iowa Adaptive Technologies and Translacare.
A luncheon will be held Sept. 18 at Drake University to hear presentations by the top three companies and announce a winner.
Stay tuned for more information about the John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition and the top three finalists.