MEDIA CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
PROGRAM CONTACT: DAWN BOWLUS
John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
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
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 http://www.iowajpec.org/k-12/business_plan.html.
For more information, contact Dawn Bowlus at firstname.lastname@example.org or (319)
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.