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Deadline extended one week for Iowa Business Plan Competition

June 13, 2014

Randy Pilkington, director, UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, 319-273-5732,

Rebecca Schultze, communications and public relations manager, College of Business Administration, 319-273-3309,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The deadline for entering the John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition has been extended to June 20. New and start-up businesses (in business for less than four years) are eligible to enter the competition for the chance to win up to $25,000 and can submit business information via a secure online program called Gust. A link to Gust is available at

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. Assistance with business plan entries is available at the Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at the University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College and the University of Iowa; the Small Business Development Centers throughout the state; and the business accelerators in Ames, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Dubuque, Iowa City, Red Oak and Mason City.

Rules, eligibility, timelines and more information is available at the competition website,

For additional information about the competition, visit or contact one of the JPEC centers via the contact information below.