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Thursday, October 18, 2018

On October 11, 17 Sigma Nu Tau members traveled to Chicago to learn from Iowa JPEC alumni business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Sigma Nu Tau is an honor society for students who value entrepreneurship, leadership, and academics. At every stop on their trip, students spoke with entrepreneurs and innovators who encouraged them to fall in love with a problem and work towards a solution to it.

On the first day of the trip, Sigma Nu Tau members visited Theory, a sports bar co-owned and managed by Iowa JPEC alum Joel Sorinsky and UI alum Holly Wiedow. They learned about what goes into owning a restaurant and how important marketing is in that industry.

From there, they traveled to Google, where they met with Account Managers and UI alumni Geoff Waring and Matt Gaither, and Product Specialist Dave Langert. They talked about focusing on where they want to be in the future and learning as much as they can to get there. They explained what it's like to work at a place like Google, where employees have the opportunity to pursue passion projects that help them broaden their professional skill set.

In the evening, Sigma Nu Tau members gathered with entrepreneurial alumni and student venture teams for the first ever Hawkeye Pitch Off competition and alumni networking event, where three student businesses competed in a "Shark Tank" style pitch off, judged by a panel of alumni judges. Sigma Nu Tau members enjoyed networking with Chicago alumni and meeting people from various fields.

On Friday, they visited MATTER, a coworking space for biotechnology companies. Students heard from Iowa JPEC Alum Carl Hirschman, founder of and two other entrepreneurs (Danny Freed of HelloJoy and David Hardwicke of Structured Immunity). They spoke about the importance of finding a community of like-minded people and how a coworking space like MATTER has helped them connect with necessary resources to get their businesses up and running.

Sigma Nu Tau finished their trip with a stop at ParkWhiz and met with UI Alumni Jeff Judge, CTO, Ed Lewis, Senior Vice President of Business Development and University of Michigan alum Dan Roarty, COO. They talked about succeeding in a tech startup and how to use their UI connections throughout their careers.

With the business leaders' and entrepreneurs' advice in mind, the students returned to Iowa City inspired to apply what they’ve learned to their studies and future career goals.