Tuesday, February 23, 2016

This January Connor Alne (BA, Enterprise Leadership, ’17) and his startup National College Gaming Association (NCGA) hosted the largest eSports event in Iowa since 2012. Over 100 people attended the competition held at the CPMI Event Center in Ames, IA.

Alne started NCGA after realizing a gap between great players and the cost of competitions.

“I have loved eSports for many years and as I watched it develop, I saw a huge problem emerge,” Alne said. “Thousands of great players were not being given an opportunity to compete because these events would cost them upwards of $1,000 just to compete. So I started this company as a way for college gamers to compete for little cost to gain the experience and exposure needed to grow in the eSports industry.”

NCGA has grown exponentially since their first event. They plan to continue that growth this spring hosting four more events. The next event will be February 27 in Champaign, IL.

Alne is a student through the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) and holds one of eight offices in the Founders Club program. The Founders Club is a business incubator for entrepreneurial students pursuing the creation of a startup while attending The University of Iowa.