Iowa Startup Games 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017

This spring, forty-five University of Iowa students from a broad range of majors joined together to create a business at Iowa Startup Games. This competition encourages students to pitch their business idea, team up with peers, and develop a business in a weekend.

On Friday night, thirty-nine pitches were shared. The students had an abundance of ideas, ranging from class attendance trackers to coffee creamer ice cubes, and were not afraid to share them. After pitching their startup idea, students voted on which concepts should be developed through
the rest of the weekend.

Saturday morning brought the students out of the Pappajohn Business Building and into the streets of downtown Iowa City to conduct customer discovery interviews. With this crucial feedback, teams pivoted and evolved.

Teams transitioned to Kinnick Stadium on Sunday for the final pitches to tell the story of their business progress to a panel of judges. Congratulations to the winners below.

  • 1st place - $1,000 - Hero’s Can: Vending machine providing hygiene products to homeless people
  • 2nd place - $750 - Bloom: Uber of tutoring, designed for international students to connect with domestic students
  • 3rd place - $500 - Funny Nuggets: Offering a comedy night for kids through childcare services, also won $250 for People’s Choice Award
  • Judges’ Choice - $250 - Creative Hustle: Connecting brands and social media influencers
  • Best Presentation - $250 - Flow: A non-energy, focus drink that won’t leave you with jitters