A Camanche native earned statewide recognition for his role in a business plan competition.

Iowa State sophomore Stuart McCulloh, of Camanche, teamed up with juniors Michael Koenig, of Pleasantville, and Holden Nyhus, of Forest City, to create Scout Pro, a software application assisting a grower in the identification of weeds, insects and diseases. The new venture earned one of three top prizes during the finals of the statewide Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan competition held recently in Des Moines.

The trio earned $5,000 for the top prize. Teams from the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa took the other top prizes.

There were 12 finalists in the competition. The winning entries were chosen on the content and viability of their plans.

The business plan says Scout Pro will be utilized on an iPad or other hand-held device, allowing the user to take a picture of the pest. After the pest has been identified, the software will provide additional information on it from an Iowa State database.

The competition was open to any Iowa university or college student/team with an interest in starting a business. John Pappajohn created the competition 11 years ago.

More information is available through ISU’s Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship at Isupjcenter.org.