Middle Bit: Applications still open for John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

Applications for the sixteenth annual statewide John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Venture Competition will close on May 17. Iowa-based entrepreneurial ventures will compete for $100,000 in prize money supported by John Pappajohn and the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The competition is intended to encourage entrepreneurship and economic development across Iowa.

The $100,000 in seed funding consists of a $50,000 contribution from John and Mary Pappajohn and a $50,000 match from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The goal of the competition is to support Iowa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.  

Iowa businesses that have been in operation for four years or less, or are not yet cash-flow positive are eligible to apply. This competition is open to businesses including, but not limited to, technology, biotechnology, green technologies, medical, advanced manufacturing, agriculture, engineering, and education industries.  

Participants will be judged on written submissions, and, those who advance to the final round of the competition, will present to a panel of judges. First place will be awarded $40,000, second place  $25,000, and third place $15,000. Awards for other categories will total $20,000.  

GIA’s 2021 Cohort Company Final Presentations

The eight insurtech companies from this year’s Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA) cohort will their businesses on Wednesday April 28 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. CT over Zoom.

The GIA is a mentor-driven accelerator designed to foster innovation in the insurance industry, financially backed by 12 insurance companies and with mentorship from 100+ insurance executives and professionals.

The event is free and open to the public.

Apply or nominate now for the Iowa Innovation & Entrepreneurship Honors

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is currently accepting applications and nominations for the second Iowa Innovation and Entrepreneurship Honors now through April 30. The Honors recognize students, alumni, faculty, staff, and program participants who create value through innovation and entrepreneurship. Two new awards will recognize a top student and alumni from an Iowa JPEC certificate or degree program.

The Honors will recognize both the 2020 and 2021 award winners during a luncheon event on Friday, October 8, 2021. 

Submissions must be received by Friday, April 30.