Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Steve Davis (Computer Science B.S., Engineering M.S.) started his software-development company more than 12 years ago right here in Iowa. He got the idea for the company while completing his master’s thesis, which included software written for a faculty researcher in the UI Carver College of Medicine. Davis, along with co-founders and fellow College of Engineering students Mike Smith and Brian O’Leary, created a prototype of the web application but couldn’t find any customers. The entrepreneurs used their connections from the university to get into consulting and building custom software for researchers, where they found their market and got the business off the ground. Davis believes using community networks and keeping costs low by staying in Iowa is what led the business to success.

Bio::Neos won financial and business guidance at the Hubert E. Storer Engineering Student Entrepreneurial Start-up Award in 2004 and was given free office space at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center’s Bedell Entrepreneurial Learning Laboratory (BELL). The business currently occupies a space at the UI Research Park in Coralville and is looking to grow its customer base by including more commercial clients. Recently, Davis served as a judge at the Hubert E. Storer Award Competition held by the College of Engineering. He hopes that the passion and energy of entrepreneurial students will continue to fuel new technology businesses in Iowa.