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Release: Jan. 23, 2003

Pappajohn Center sponsors business plan competition, summer seminar

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at the University of Iowa is sponsoring a statewide business plan competition and hosting an advanced summer entrepreneurship seminar for Iowa high school students interested in entrepreneurship and starting a business.

JPEC is currently accepting applications for the 2003 Young Iowa Entrepreneurs Awards; a competition intended to encourage entrepreneurial ventures among Iowa high school students. Selected applicants will participate in a four-day advanced entrepreneurship seminar at the University of Iowa, June 24-27.

During the program, aspiring young entrepreneurs will further develop their entrepreneurial and business knowledge, network with prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders, and compete for seed capital grants of $200 to $500. Iowa high school students who have completed grades nine to 11 are eligible to apply. Up to 32 young entrepreneurs will be selected to attend the summer program.

All entries must be postmarked by March 14; selection will be announced April 4. Registration materials are being distributed to high schools across the state and are available at For more information, contact Dawn Bowlus at or (319) 335-0985.

JPEC is a recognized leader in offering innovative education and outreach programs for entrepreneurs of all ages. JPEC was one of the first programs in the country to integrate entrepreneurship education with business, engineering, health science and liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate and graduate level. The Center has partnered with the state’s community colleges to provide entrepreneurial training to aspiring entrepreneurs across Iowa. It also offers entrepreneurial educational programs for Iowa elementary, middle and high school teachers and students.