Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Tippie student team was one of three top prize winners in the final competition of the Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition. Ross Johnson, Aidan Murphy, and Anith Mathai won $5,000 for their business, Mazira, which is a cloud-based web service with a search engine for storing and searching massive amounts of data and documents.

Fifteen teams representing the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa, Wartburg College, Upper Iowa University, and Drake University competed for three top $5,000 prizes.

Judges at the final competition included John Pappajohn, Equity Dynamics, Inc. and founder of the five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers in Iowa, and two of his senior vice presidents, Brian Thompson and Matt Kinley. Pappajohn created the competition 13 years ago.