Randy Pilkington, executive director of UNI Business and Community Services and director of UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, 319-273-5732
Rebecca Schultze, communications and public relations manager, UNI College of Business Administration, 319-273-3309, email@example.com
CEDAR FALLS -- Ten businesses have been selected as finalists in the 2014 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition. The businesses continuing in the competition are: Advanced Renewable Technology International, eVizzit, Green Start, Innovas Technologies, iTracking Research, Iowa Adaptive Technologies, NextStep.io, Pear Deck, Rocket Referrals and Translacare.
"Now that we have selected 10 finalists, each business plan competitor will interview with a panel of judges on Aug. 20," said Randy Pilkington, director of UNI's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and competition judge. "Based on those presentations, we will choose the top three finalists to recognize at a special awards ceremony on Sept. 18 at Drake University."
This is the third round of competition. In the first round, businesses submitted brief information about their business plans. Based on those entries, judges chose 25 entrepreneurs to submit full business plans. Those 25 business plans were narrowed down to the final 10.
The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition is designed to stimulate business development and provide support for outstanding business plans. This year a total of $50,000 will be awarded to the top three submitted business plans: $25,000 for first prize, $15,000 for second and $10,000 for third.
For more information, visit the competition website, www.iowabusinessplancompetition.com, or contact one of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.
The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers provide entrepreneurial education and business support, partnering with agencies like the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED), Entrepreneurial Development Centers (EDCs) and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.