$3,000 in Cash Prizes!

  • 1st Place - $1,500
  • 2nd Place - $1,000
  • 3rd Place - $500


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Pitch It to Win It!

How Do I Compete?

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By November 19, 2015 at 5pm: Apply

Early December, 2015: Select applicants will give a 3-minute Elevator Pitch and compete for cash!

To support and encourage the entrepreneurial mindset in youth, the Jacobson Institute's BizInnovator sponsors a competition each spring and fall. Qualified participants are in high school with an interest in starting or expanding a business.

Students don't need a business background to compete - they need motivation, passion, and a good idea.

Competitions are held in the fall and spring ($3,000 cash prizes are given away each semester!).

During an academic year, students who receive 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the fall cannot compete in the spring.

The competition starts over each school year, meaning that all students are eligible to compete regardless of whether they previously received a prize (using the same idea or a new name)

John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center The University of Iowa