Fall 2019 IdeaStorm Competition Results

October 7, 2019

The week of September 30-October 3 the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) had the privilege of hosting three uniquely focused IdeaStorm competitions across the University of Iowa campus. The top four ideas selected by judges were awarded cash prizes at each competition, as well as a People's Choice award that was selected by students who attended the event.

From Tragedy Comes a Business Opportunity

May 6, 2019

Erica Cole, founder of No Limbits, tells her story of overcoming her tragedies to find business solving opportunities in her community. 

Spring 2019 IdeaStorm Recap

March 1, 2019

The Spring 2019 IdeaStorm competition hosted over 250 students from across all areas of study on campus. IdeaStorms are entry-level pitch competitions open to all UI students. Here, the students pitched their business ideas in under two minutes with the event taking place across the span of four days each at different campus locations. 118 student pitches were heard at this spring's IdeaStorms. 

The goal of IdeaStorm is to help familiarize students with the pitching process, sparking innovative ideas within themselves and then sharing those in front of a panel of judges and their peers. 

The top five ideas were awarded cash prizes as well as the people's choice at each competition. This year, over $6,600 total in prizes were awarded.

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 IdeaStorm winners!

2018 IdeaStorm Unleashes Torrent of Business Ideas

February 15, 2018

More than 30 University of Iowa students made their best pitches to a panel of judges last week and took home $1,500 in cash prizes at the Spring 2018 IdeaStorm.

Student-run startup gives students business resources

February 20, 2018

Isabel Reed's company, Co-Found It, provides Iowa Ctiy community members with resources to help expand and cultivate their business ideas. Read more online.

IdeaStorm Fall 2017

September 25, 2017

At IdeaStorm, University of Iowa students share their business idea in one minute to a panel of judges and an audience. Ideastorm familiarizes students with the process of a pitch competition. The top five ideas were awarded cash prizes to help take their idea to the next level.

Spring 2018 IdeaStorm Recap

February 9, 2018

The spring 2018 IdeaStorm competition brought over 30 students to MERGE to pitch their business idea- in less than a minute! Each semester, students from majors all across campus familiarize themselves with the pitching process at IdeaStorm.

Spring 2017 IdeaStorm Recap

February 15, 2017

Thank you to all of the students that came out and showed support for their peers at the spring 2017 IdeaStorm event! The room was packed with nearly 70 students who brought a lot of energy and excitement.

Entredays Features Entrepreneur at the UI

September 14, 2016

Jeff Hoffman, cofounder of Priceline, came to Iowa City to speak as part of the University of Iowa Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's Hughes Lecture Series.

Fall 2016 IdeaStorm Competition Winners

September 27, 2016

The fall 2016 IdeaStorm competition, a part of ENTREdays, brought over 30 University of Iowa students to the stage to pitch their business idea in 60 seconds or less.