isg spring 2018
Monday, February 26, 2018

This past weekend, February 23-25, the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) had the pleasure of hosting Iowa Startup Games. The weekend long event was a success with 37 students participating to compete for $2,750 in cash prizes. Students from majors all across campus were invited to participate in this event which ended with a final pitch competition on Sunday afternoon. While participants are strongly encouraged to pitch a new business idea at this event, students without business ideas are still highly encouraged to participate to help their peers bring their ideas to life. Iowa Startup Games is held once a semester at the University of Iowa.

Students who participated represented the following colleges: Tippie College of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and College of Engineering. This competition is a great example of multidisciplinary innovation across UI’s campus.

Congratulations to the following winners from the Spring 2018 Iowa Startup Games:

1st Place: $1,000 –for SenseIT: Helping people with hearing impairments safely get through their daily activities through the use of a soundwave capturing device.

  • Ernesto Espinoza (Computer Science and Psychology)
  • Lyric Harris (Enterprise Leadership and Journalism)
  • Adam Hoffman (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Philip Abangan (Electrical Engineering)

*Also won People’s Choice for $250

2nd Place: $750 –for LiveUp: A platform that connects people and entertainment inexpensively.

  • Shivashish Dwivedi (Engineering)
  • Michael Haas (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Rizwan Sidhu (Computer Science and Finance)
  • Max Cremer (Business Administration)

3rd Place: $500 – SEAD: An app that provides college students with Safety during Events, Arrivals, and Departures.

  • Zoi Metternich (Marketing Management)
  • Mattie Jacobsen (Enterprise Leadership)
  • Lauren Kiesey (Business Management)
  • Michael Schmidt (Business Management)
  • Alec Wray (Accounting)

Judges’ Choice: $250 –for HangOver : Getting students back on their feet after a night on the town.

  • Garrett Kuhn (Finance)
  • Constance Erickson (Biomedical Engineering)

Iowa JPEC is committed to helping students, faculty, staff, and community members launch and grow businesses. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you think we can be of any assistance. To find out additional information about other opportunities available to students of all areas of study, please visit

Congratulations once again to everyone who competed in this competition!