April 27, 2018
open to the public
10:45 AM - 4:00 PM
IMU Main Lounge, various rooms
125 N. Madison St. Iowa City, IA 52242
The 2018 Hawkeye Innovation Expo is a celebration of all innovative things happening at the University of Iowa! All events listed below are open to the public and are no cost to attend.



Venture School Final Pitches | 10:45AM | Big Ten Theater (Room 348), IMU

Current Venture School Cohort teams will be giving their final pitches to compete for cash prizes. Their graduation ceremony will follow final pitches. Come hear what startups from across the state have been working on to bring their ideas to life.

SparkTalks | 11AM-12PM | Second Floor Ballroom, IMU

SparkTalks are short, provocative, action oriented, realistic and knowledgeable 10 minute presentations. This year’s topic is innovation, and will feature speakers from across the university campus and community, discussing their innovative projects and idea. Speakers will be as follows:

  • David Gould | College of Education, Belin-Blank Center
    • Topic: Innovation and Education
  • Blake Rupe | UI Alum | Sustainable Water Development Program Coordinator, IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering
    • Topic: Sustainable Water Development Program
  • Josh Krakauer | UI Alum | CEO, Sculpt
    • Topic: Innovation and Social Media
  • Cameron Schorg | UI Student
    • Topic: Bitcoin
  • Brandon MacDougall | UI PhD Candidate
    • Topic: Biodiversity and Innovation

RSVP for SparkTalks and Entrepreneurial Insight


Entrepreneurial Insight | 12:30PM-2PM | Second Floor Ballroom, IMU

Successful entrepreneur, Ron Kaminsky (HBK Engineering) will be interviewing Mark Kauffman (Athletico) about his entrepreneurial journey. 


Mark Kaufman (BS ’86 – Physical Education) grew up in the small town of Olds, Iowa.  He loved sports and wanted to stay involved when he couldn’t compete at his beloved University of Iowa.  He got involved in physical therapy, received his certification and with funding from his parents and in-laws opened up his first Athletico Center in Chicago in 1991. He had one employee and provided services to two affiliations – Francis W. Parker High School and the Chicago Lions Rugby.  His dad, a carpenter, made all the office furniture and therapy beds by hand. Today, Athletico has almost 400 facilities throughout 10 states, employs over 4,000 clinical and administrative staff and offers over 50 specialty programs and services. Their services (physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, strength and conditioning specialists and massage therapists) are provided in treating worker’s compensation as well as high school, colleges and many professional sports teams (including all the professional teams in the Chicago area, the Big Ten Conference and US Soccer).

Joining Mark will be Ron Kaminski (BS ’92 Civil Engineering), a successful entrepreneur in his own right. Ron owns HBK Engineering is an engineering design firm headquartered in Chicago providing civil, environmental and utility construction support services. HBK has 9 locations and over 400 employees. HBK prides itself on its diverse and inclusive culture as well as its community involvement – their employees worked with over 120 non-profit agencies and philanthropy is one of the company’s top priorities.

RSVP for SparkTalks and Entrepreneurial Insight


Innovation Expo | 2PM-4PM |  IMU Main Lounge

Experience the best and brightest innovative students, organizations, businesses, and faulty from all over campus. This expo will include booths from all over campus, interactive activities, and the Founders Club Fair.

RSVP for the Innovation Expo