The Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition on Monday announced its deadlines for the 2018 contest. Applications for the regional competition at the Pappajohn Center at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City are due March 30. Up to 15 startup teams will be selected to advance to the state finals to be held in Des Moines on April 20. Finalists at the statewide competition will compete for one of three seed grants in the amount of $5,000. Sponsored by venture capitalist John Pappajohn and Equity Dynamics Inc., the competition is intended for college students with an interest in starting their own businesses. For more information and to register, click here.