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John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

The John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition will begin accepting applications in March 2017. The competition is designed to stimulate entrepreneurial activity and greater awareness of the resources available to grow entrepreneurs in Iowa.  The competition is hosted each year by the five John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers in Iowa located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa. To learn more about the Competition and apply, visit: http://pappajohnentrepreneurialventurecompetition.com/

2016 Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition Winners Announced

The 2016 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition came to a close on August 25, 2016 with the announcement of the winners at a special recognition luncheon at Drake University in Des Moines.

Performance Livestock Analytics received first place and was awarded $25,000.  Performance Livestock Analytics has created a data-driven, real-time analytics system for precision livestock operations management. Through its Performance Beef product, a farm management platform for livestock producers, and through its Cattle Krush profit management application, the company helps the world’s livestock producers efficiently measure and manage activities and inventories as well as provides software analytics support for the entire livestock lifecycle.
Dane Kuper, CEO
dane@cattlekrush.com
Dustin Balsley, COO
dustin@cattlekrush.com
http://performancelivestockanalytics.com

Punctil/Virtual Waiting Rooms came in second place and was awarded $15,000.
Punctil Health is a software-as-a-service company offering punctuality solutions for healthcare.
Punctil Health aims to become the American patients virtual waiting room, allowing for same-day appointments and real-time service on arrival. Punctil’s goal is to simultaneously reduce wait-times, patient no-shows and bad debt, delivering value to American doctors and patients.
Denis Abrams, Co-founder
Ben Picard, Co-founder
ben@punctil.com
http://www.punctil/com

SwineTech received third place and was awarded $10,000.  
SwineTech is dedicated to the production of swine farrowing monitoring systems to protect piglets’ lives and improve production. Last year in the United States, over 13 million piglets died due to being laid on by sows. This growing problem is costing the corporate sow farm over $276,000 a year, and it’s costing the United States pork industry over $689 million.
Matthew Rooda, President
matthew-rooda@uiowa.edu
swinetech.co

"Special thanks to John Pappajohn, who through his unwavering commitment to foster entrepreneurship in Iowa, has again sponsored this entrepreneurial venture competition and has provided extensive support for entrepreneurship in Iowa,” said Randy Pilkington, director of the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

2015 Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition Winner Anounced

 The 2015 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition came to a close on September 24 with the announcement of the winners at a special recognition luncheon at Drake University in Des Moines.

Innovas Technologies received first place and was awarded $25,000.  Combating one of the largest sources of energy waste in the country, Innovas Technologies designs, manufactures and distributes industry leading shell and tube cleaning technology.  The Helios Tube Cleaning System (TCS) provides continuous fouling prevention in the tubes of heat exchangers translating to savings in energy and maintenance.
President, Charles Dirks
cdirks@innovastechnologies.com
http://innovastechnologies.com/

Fanstreamm came in second place and was awarded $15,000.  Fanstreamm is a technology company in the sports and entertainment marketing industry that provides tools to help teams and venues leverage data to grow revenue. Their first product is a group platform that moves an analog process online.
Jason Kristufek, Founder
jason@fanstreamm.com
http://www.fanstreamm.com/

Immortagen received third place and was awarded $10,000.  The future of cancer treatment lies in personalized medicine that uses each patient’s entire genetic profile and interprets those data to make the best treatment decisions for each individual patient. Immortagen’s solution is to offer Clinical Decision Support through proprietary predictive algorithms that determine the risk of recurrence and identify specific treatment options.
Kristi Thiel, Founder
kristi@immortagen.com
http://immortagen.com/

"Special thanks to John Pappajohn, who through his unwavering commitment to foster entrepreneurship in Iowa, has again sponsored this entrepreneurial venture competition and has provided extensive support for entrepreneurship in Iowa,” said Randy Pilkington, director of the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

Details about next year's John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition will be announced in February 2016. For additional information about the competition, visit the competition website.

 

 

2014 Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition Winner Anounced

The 2014 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition came to a close on September 18 with the announcement of the winners at a special recognition luncheon at Drake University in Des Moines.

Pear Deck received first place and was awarded $25,000.  Pear Deck is an EdTech startup powering active classrooms in Google Apps for Education schools by blending personalized and collaborative learning in one simple app. Pear Deck was started in 2014 and is located in Iowa City, IA.

Green Start LLC came in second place and was awarded $15,000.  Green Start has created a paradigm shift for the treatment of water and waste water, the patented technology can deliver over 600 mg/l of dissolved oxygen, several times that of natural saturation of oxygen in water, in a nano/micro-bubble form. Green Start was launched in 2014 and is located in Le Claire, IA.

Iowa Adaptive Technologies received third place and was awarded $10,000.  IAT addresses the needs of those who experience communication barriers caused by physical impairments. Iowa Adaptive Technologies was started in 2013 and is located in Iowa City, IA.

‌"Special thanks to John Pappjohn, who through his unwavering commitment to foster entrepreneurship in Iowa, has again sponsored this business plan competition and has provided extensive support for entrepreneurship in Iowa, said Randy Pilkington, director of the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

 

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