Up to $4,500 in Cash Prizes!

  • 1st Place - $1,500
  • 2nd Place - $1,000
  • 3rd Place - $500
  • Honorable Mention (3) - $250
  • $500 Grant - school/club with the most finalists
  • $250 Grant - school/club with the most applicants



2013-2014 School Year

2012-2013 School Year






Frequently Asked Questions

Quick Pitch Biz Plan Competition

Promoting the Quick Pitch Biz Plan Competition

The Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship sponsors two annual Quick Pitch Biz Plan Competitions for any Iowa high school student with an idea, innovation or existing business.

Students don’t need a business background to compete - they need motivation, passion, and a good idea. They can compete using a new or existing business/invention/innovation idea OR build off an innovation developed from an existing program, for example:

  • First Tech Challenge
  • A World in Motion
  • Fabulous Resources in Energy Education
  • First Lego League
  • Kid Wind

When Are the Quick Pitch Competitions Held?

The Quick Pitch competitions are held in the fall and spring ($4,500 cash prizes are given away each semester)!

Following the spring Quick Pitch, a final round competition is held determining the Statewide Quick Pitch prize winner. The final round competition is limited to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize winners from the fall and the spring. Competitors vie for an additional $1,000 prize.

Who Should Participate?

ANY Iowa High School Student with an idea, innovation, or an existing business.

During an academic year, students who receive 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place in the fall cannot compete in the spring. Students who receive either Honorable Mention or do not place can compete in the spring (using the same idea or a new idea).

(Note: 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 idea).

How Do You Compete?

  • Now: Write a one-page Executive Summary
  • TBD: Submit your online application and Executive Summary
  • TBD: Select applicants will give a 3-minute Elevator Pitch followed by 4 minutes of Q & A via Zoom
  • Spring 2015 date TBD: The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize winners from the fall and spring will compete for an additional $1,000 prize

For more information, please contact us at or 319-335-2204.

John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center The University of Iowa