Venture School Launch Day 2020
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Venture School Launch Day 
The University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center held its Venture School Launch Day finals virtually on Thursday, June 4 as part of EntreFEST. Consisting of two rounds, the event showcased the top 12 teams from the 2019/2020 year and advanced five of the strongest teams to the finals. The five startups had 6 minutes to pitch their businesses to a panel of judges who were then able to ask 4 minutes of questions. A total of $31,000 in cash prizes was awarded to these Venture School teams to help scale up their businesses.

Congratulations to all the finalists! A huge thank you to our judges: 
Sue Katz, Founder, Amazing Cosmetics
Brad Downes, VP Finance, Boom Supersonic
Michelle Bates, Chief Innovation Officer, Involta
Brad Phillips, Managing Partner, Phillips Stafford Insurance Group

A special thanks to the Bates-Camblin Family for their additional award for innovative technology. The winner of this $1,000 award was ReEnvision Ag.

Venture School Summer 2020 Award Winning Teams

ReEnvision Ag | $10,000 | Developing a unique solution for farmers growing row crops to maximize yield and profit potential by planting seeds in a better, more precise way. 

Dhakai | $7,500 | A premium marketplace for B2B service connecting South Asian textile and leather industries to the rest of the world.  

Fisherman’s Edge | $2,500 | A personal watercraft that makes fishing from a personal watercraft more effective and enjoyable for a wider group of anglers. 

Duck Duck Boom! | $1,500 | The brainchild of a duck hunter who was bored in a duck blind one day and started dreaming of a way to build a better duck-trap.

Planted. | $1,500 | A microgreen growing space offering plants, potting services, and consultations for homes and offices. 

The Agenda. Period | $1,000 | A tool that helps women sync their business building activities with the different phases of the menstrual cycle for optimal productivity, ease, and joy.

Homeboxed | $1,000 | An online home decor company that curates home decor products that are shipped to your door to fit into your home with the change of seasons, holidays, and home trends.

RECUR | $1,000 | A digital platform designed to make wisdom last and create more connection to those who are sharing it.

Light Mynd | $1,000 | An SEL/emotional regulation software that includes VR/AR for K-12.

Joy Anthology | $1,000 | A new innovative guest capture platform, transforming your wedding guest experience into a beautiful canvas print keepsake. 

Kidtastic Salon | $1,000 | A hair salon designed for cutting kids hair with plans to work with special needs children to help make haircut day a little easier on them.

DIBBS | $1,000 | An app and website allowing buyers to express interest in properties that are not yet for sale and for sellers to create demand for their home prior to listing.