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Three finalists chosen for the John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition

August 26, 2014

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

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

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition committee announced today that three finalists will be recognized at a special awards luncheon in Des Moines on Sept. 18.

After a review of the submitted business plans, 10 businesses were selected to present to the judging panel comprised of the five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) representatives, the Iowa Small Business Development Center and the Economic Development Center. The committee announced the three finalists in the competition, listed in alphabetical order:


Green Start LLC

Green Start has created a paradigm shift for the treatment of water and waste water, the patented technology can deliver over 600 mg/l of dissolved oxygen, several times that of natural saturation of oxygen in water, in a nano/micro-bubble form. Green Start was launched in 2014 and is located in Le Claire, Iowa.

Contact: Leonard Hoogerwerf


Iowa Adaptive Technologies

IAT addresses the needs of those who experience communication barriers caused by physical impairments. Iowa Adaptive Technologies was started in 2013 and is located in Iowa City, Iowa.

Contact: Richard Hurtig


Pear Deck

Pear Deck is an EdTech startup powering active classrooms in Google Apps for Education schools by blending personalized and collaborative learning in one simple app. Pear Deck was started in 2014 and is located in Iowa City, Iowa.

Contact: Michal Eynon-Lynch

The three finalists and their ranking will be announced at a special awards luncheon on Sept. 18 at Drake University where Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will provide a keynote message. Awards are $25,000 for first place, $15,000 for second place and $10,000 for third place.

John Pappajohn stated "I hope this competition will stimulate additional entrepreneurial activity throughout the state and that those businesses who participated will continue to access the resources of the JPECs, business accelerators and SBDCs to help them accelerate their growth."

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers are located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa. The centers provide entrepreneurial education and business support, partnering with agencies like the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), Entrepreneurial Development Centers (EDCs) and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and other business needs.