The 18th annual John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition awarded $100,000 in cash prizes to nine Iowa ventures Friday, 8月25日, 2023. 100美元的,000 in seed funding consists of a $50,000 contribution from John Pappajohn and a $50,000 match from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The goal of this competition is to 支持 Iowa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Thirteen teams advanced to the final presentation round. Four North Iowa entrepreneurs were among them: Billie Kay Asmus of Repaint Studios (Hampton, IA), Jill Ihrke of Easy2Show (Sheffield, IA), Jayson Ryner of ReEnvision Ag (Nora Springs, IA), and Zack Smith of Stock Cropper, 公司. (伊利诺斯州米尔斯湖).
Participants were judged in two preliminary rounds and those who advanced to the final round of the competition presented to a panel of judges. $40,000 was awarded to first-place winner Russel Karim of Chakai; $25,000 to second-place winner Sue Gehling and Allen Bierbaum of Classroom Clinic; and $15,000 to third-place winner, Andrew Guillemette of Enceinte Health.
This year, an additional $4,000 was awarded to five companies that received honorable mentions. Three North Iowa entrepreneurs won honorable mention awards: Billie Kay Asmus of Repaint Studios (Hampton, IA), Jill Ihrke of Easy2Show (Sheffield, IA), and Zack Smith of Stock Cropper, 公司. (伊利诺斯州米尔斯湖).
候选材料Karsjens, Director of the NIACC Pappajohn中心, 说, “I am very proud of the North Iowa companies that competed this year and continue to be impressed by their persistence and passion as they continue moving forward in their entrepreneurial journey.”
Iowa businesses that have been in operation for four years or less or are not yet cash flow positive were eligible to apply. The competition is open to all scalable business ventures including, 但不限于, 技术, 生物技术, 绿色技术, 医疗, 先进制造, 农业, 工程, and education industries.
The John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition, along with 支持 from the Iowa Economic Development Authority, 投资了1美元.2 million into participating businesses since 2006 and is a true celebration of entrepreneurship across Iowa. The event is a collaborative effort executed by the Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Iowa State University, 德雷克大学, North Iowa Area 社区 College, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa.
The next John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition will be announced in February 2024. For additional information about the competition, visit www.pappajohncompetition.com.
The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is the expert in rural business innovation and success. In partnership with North Iowa’s Small 业务 Development Center, together we provide tools, 支持, and resources to Iowa’s entrepreneurs. We 支持 both new and existing local businesses, from Main Street to industry leaders. We’re growing Iowa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through grade school initiatives, college and community programs, and business training and development. Contact the NIACC Pappajohn中心 at 641-422-4111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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