Tuesday, October 30, 2018

This past weekend, October 26-28, the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) had the opportunity to host the Fall 2018 Iowa Startup Games. The weekend-long event was a success, with over 50 students participating to compete for $2,750 in cash prizes. Students from all majors across campus were invited to participate in this event which culminated with a final pitch competition on Sunday afternoon in the Kinnick Stadium press box. 

While participants are strongly encouraged to pitch a new business idea at this event, students without specific ideas are welcome to join a team to help bring their peers' ideas to life. Iowa Startup Games is held once a semester at the University of Iowa and is a great example of multidisciplinary innovation across the UI campus.

Congratulations to the following winners from the Spring 2018 Iowa Startup Games:

1st Place: $1,000 – No Limbits: Helping people take charge of their injuries by creating affordable, customizable prosthetic covers.

  • Erica Cole (Chemistry)
  • Lacey Sexton (Business Management)
  • Rong Zhou (Finance, Risk Management & Insurance)
  • Mckenna Kephart (Nursing)

2nd Place: $750 – Sunshine: An application that eases and facilitates conversations about mental illness.

  • Sloan Hoover (Marketing, Entrepreneurial Management)
  • Carly Rossdeutcher (Marketing)
  • Katy Misel (Business Management & Engaged Social Innovation)
  • Zach Atzen (Communication Studies, Entrepreneurial Management)
  • Jesse Davis (Enterprise Leadership)
  • Andrew Janni (Business)

3rd Place: $500 – Wi CreateA platform to connect UI art students with potential buyers.

  • Jiwoo Wi (Art, Communication Studies)
  • Jose Tobar (Enterprise Leadership, Event Planning)
  • Nathaniel Wolf (Enterprise Leadership)
  • Kun Zhou (Journalism & Studio Art)

Judges’ Choice: $250 – Support: A service that helps students acclimate to University life. 

  • Danny Farmer (Enterprise Leadership)
  • Abby Moffitt (Informatics, Management)
  • Loren Ndremizara (Enterprise Leadership)
  • Alex Chabal (Enterprise Leadership)
  • Ericka Mardis (Communication Studies, Event Planning, Entrepreneurial Management)

People's Choice: $250 – EcoKit: A subscription box that provides eco-friendly products and education to help consumers make more sustainable choices.

  • Addie Bushnell (English & Creative Writing, Art, Entrepreneurial Management)
  • Rizwan Sidhu (Finance, Computer Science, Large Data Analysis)
  • Xiaotong He (Biology)
  • Smriti Barla (Business Analytics & Information Systems, Computer Science, Management)

Iowa JPEC is committed to helping students, faculty, staff, and community members launch and grow businesses. Please contact us if you think we can be of any assistance. To find out additional information about other opportunities available to students of all areas of study, please visit

Congratulations once again to everyone who competed in this competition!