Randy Pilkington, director, UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, 319-273-5732
Joe Bolick, communications and public relations manager, UNI Business and Community Services, 319-273-6577
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Executive summaries for the first round of the Entrepreneurial Venture Competition are due on June 15. Businesses are invited to submit business information via a secure online program called Gust. A link to Gust is available at www.pappajohnentrepreneurialventurecompetition.com.
In June, selected companies will be contacted and invited to submit full business proposals through Gust. The competition will then be narrowed to seven to 10 companies that will present to judges in September. The winners will be recognized at a special awards luncheon on Sept. 24 in Des Moines.
Assistance with the competition is available at the Iowa 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 Small Business Development Centers throughout the state; and the business accelerators in Des Moines, Spencer, Cedar Rapids and Mason City.
The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers provide entrepreneurial education and business support, partnering with agencies like the Small Business Development Center, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Entrepreneurial Development Centers and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.
Rules, eligibility, timelines and assistance information are available at the competition website, www.pappajohnentrepreneurialventurecompetition.com.