Explore our student businesses

Housed in the 10,000 square-foot Bedell Entrepreneurial Learning Laboratory (BELL), the Founders Club is an on-campus business incubator for UI student entrepreneurs pursuing the creation of a startup. Members of the Founders Club have access to many resources, including office space, access to funding opportunities, and one-on-one mentoring from successful business professionals. Below is a list of student businesses currently participating in the Founders Club Program.

Jon Lensing, Matt Grossmann

Apollo is an internet-based hiring platform that is designed to help match healthcare facilities requiring temporary positions with capable, licensed healthcare providers in order to help ensure all needed services are available at their location. 

Jennifer McCarron

Providing students and faculty with opportunities to have an indoor area to play with their dogs.  This way pets can play that cannot endure humidity, rain, or cold winters outside.

Michael Westphal, Zach Combs, Kyle Lastine, John Tian, Myles Hebets

RFID wristband that helps improve the standards of living for patients in assisted living communities, specifically those focused on neurodegenerative illnesses, by increasing their autonomy and privacy through a smart door-locking system and decreasing the time nurses spend redirecting patients to the correct locations.

Caleb Marting

Avarupt has developed speakers that synchronize the RGB light spectrum with sound to create a unique, programmable room environment for the video gaming community.

Angela Shanahan

An app that gives patients 65 of age and older access to evidence-based classes on health related topics, and a button to call 911 in case of a fall.


Anaze Benedict

Benedict's Basket is an online farmer’s market that delivers fresh local goods right to the customer’s doorstep.

Christian Besame

Bookbates finds the right textbooks at the best published price on the internet.

Sloan Hoover

A seasonal subscription box full of products that have been scientifically proven to benefit and help provide relief in symptoms for many mental illnesses.

Patrick Prosser, Brittany Caskey, Lane Dethrow

CapturePro allows adventure seekers to document their big moments with GoPro rental packages shipped directly to their destination.