erica cole
Thursday, November 15, 2018

On November 13 and 14, the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) had the pleasure of hosting the Rose Francis Elevator Pitch Competition.

Over forty teams pitched their business ideas over the two day competition, in which a total of $50,000 in cash prizes was awarded. The first day of the competition was for early stage companies who have not yet achieved revenue or won more than $1,000 in business competitions. The second day was for companies with revenue or who have previously won $1,000 or more in business competitions.

Students who participated represented the following colleges: Tippie College of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, and College of Law. This competition is a great example of multidisciplinary innovation across UI’s campus.

Senior Erica Cole and her company, No Limbits, won first place on day one and advanced to day two, where she also took first place. No Limbits creates affordable and customizable 3D printed covers for prosthetic limbs.

Congratulations to the following winners from the 2018 Rose Francis Pitch Competition:

Day 1 Winners:

1st Place 

  • $2,500 No Limbits (Erica Cole, Chemistry) *advanced to Day 2

2nd Place

  • $1,000 DeFoggles (Eric Brosch, Biochemistry)
  • $1,000 Share Boost Athletics (Jonathan Jacobson, Applied Studies)
  • $1,000 Tiny Baker (Brendan McCormick, Marketing & Management)

3rd Place 

  • $500 Beamers Buzzing Bee (Joseph Beam, Enterprise Leadership)
  • $500 TradeLink (Nicholas Eltjes, Enterprise Leadership, Carter Gornick, Finance & Accounting, Noah Loffredo, Finance)
  • $500 UDraft (Connor Harris, Enterprise Leadership, Connor Greer, Finance)

Best social impact

  • $500 Cessabit (Jesse Davis, Enterprise Leadership)

Best retail product or business

  • $500 Wi Create (Jiwoo Wi, Art & Communication Studies)

Best lifestyle business

  • $500 Evolved Tents (Tyler Grandsen, Enterprise Leadership)

Best pitch

  • $500 Third X Charm (Allison Portz, Marketing)

Best product or service

  • $500 Food Genius (Daniel Machlab, Computer Engineering)

Judges Choice

  • $500 Box of Happiness/Chemical Confetti (Sloan Hoover, Marketing)

Day 2 Winners:

1st Place

  • $10,000: No Limbits (Erica Cole, Chemistry)

2nd Place

  • $5,000: IV Co-Pilot (Katelyn Anderson, Business Studies)
  • $5,000: Funny Nuggets (Jade Peterson, Marketing & Elementary Education)
  • $5,000: Students Care (Peter Easler, Business Analytics & Finance, Jacob Newcomb, Accounting, Michael Penniman)

3rd Place

  • $2,500: Flora Keep (Eric Brosch, Biochemistry)
  • $2,500: K&T Designs/Wanderlust Wraps (Kennedy Voss, Enterprise Leadership, Taylor Williams, Communication Studies)
  • $2,500: Asonus Tech (Adam Hoffman, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering)
  • $2,500: In2NoteBooks (Peter Seele, Enterprise Leadership & Physics)

Best social impact

  • $1,000: Students Care (Peter Easler, Business Analytics & Finance, Jacob Newcomb, Accounting, Michael Penniman)

Best product or service

  • $1,000: K&T Designs/Wanderlust Wraps (Kennedy Voss, Enterprise Leadership, Taylor Williams, Communication Studies)

Best community impact 

  • $1,000: Comigo (Isabel Reed, Psychology)

Best pitch 

  • $1,000: Funny Nuggets (Jade Peterson, Marketing & Elementary Education)

Hitting the ground running

  • $1,000: Hype Tribe (Carly Koemptgen, Journalism & Mass Communication)

Congratulations once again to everyone who competed in this competition!