Iowa Startup Games fall 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Over the weekend of October 20-22, University of Iowa students dove into entrepreneurship at the Iowa Startup Games.

Iowa Startup Games is a three day competition where students, of all areas of study, pitch their crazy startup ideas. Students form teams and spend a weekend working to make their idea a reality. On the third day of the Games, each team pitches to a group of judges and the community for a chance to win cash prizes.

During this weekend-long event, students learned problem solving skills from mentors, networked with community members, and began to think like entrepreneurs. They received mini information sessions given by program facilitators to help troubleshoot issues and even hit the downtown Iowa City area to perform customer discovery and research.

This year, there were 48 participants representing the following colleges: Tippie College of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and College of Engineering. Iowa Startup Games encourages multidisciplinary innovation across UI’s campus. The participants formed 11 teams and competed for $2,750 in cash prizes.

The teams gave their final pitches in the McCord Indoor Press Box at Kinnick Stadium. Many brilliant ideas were presented at the Games this year, proving that creating a business in a weekend is possible- and fun!

Congratulations to the following winners from the fall 2017 Iowa Startup Games:

  • 1st Place: $1,000 - Acoustic Arts: Delivering a modular acoustic paneling kick, offering easy set-up and tear-down for the aspiring recording artist.
    • Blake Bogenrief
    • Casey Loftis-Boatwright
    • Jill Nguyen
  • 2nd Place: $750 - Guardian Emergency Services: Insuring locational accuracy and rapid emergency response to motorcycle accidents (Guardian Emergency Services was also awarded the People’s Choice Award: $250).
    • Megan Helms
    • Mitchel Fitzpatrick
    • Trevor Chuipek
  • 3rd Place: $500 - U Tours: Virtual campus tours.
    • Yifan Wang
    • Luke Farley
    • Mika Karlenzig
    • Olivia Ewing
    • Demmis Kurtz
  • Judges’ Choice Award: $250 - Planticious: Encouraging flavorful eating by helping you grow your own spices.
    • Jennifer Eckstrom
    • Eric Brosch
    • Andrew Khairallah
    • Kate Gylten

Congratulations to everyone who competed in this competition!