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Tuesday, March 26, 2019 to Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 12:00am

BMC, or Business Model Competition, allows students to present their business to judges who are experienced entrepreneurs outside the University of Iowa for the opportunity to win seed funding for their business. All students enrolled in at least 6 s.h. and in pursuit of a four-year degree at an Iowa college with a Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center are eligible to participate. These colleges include: the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, and North Iowa Area Community College. This competition is held every spring, and awards a total of $50,000 in cash prizes annually.

Participants will present a five-minute long PowerPoint presentation with a completed Business Model Canvas and financial projections to a panel of judges. The presentation will be followed by five minutes of questions from the judges. The judges and the competition coordinator will be the only people in the room with the presenters. There are two days of competition. Both days include a five-minute pitch and a five-minute Q&A time.

Day 1: Early Stage Companies- Open to all students at the University of Iowa who are serious about starting a company, but are pre-revenue and have not won $1,000 or more in previous competitions. The winner of Day 1 will move forward to compete in Day 2.

Day 2: Advanced Companies- Open to companies with revenue, companies with $1,000 or more in competition winnings, IMIGcompanies, and student companies from Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers outside the University of Iowa, are eligible to compete on Day 2. This day serves as the qualifier for the International Business Model Competition and Pappajohn Business Competition.

For additional details and to apply please visit! The deadline to apply is March 20!

This event is not open to public viewing. 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Iowa JPEC in advance at 319-335-1022 or