Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Three University of Iowa founders won two awards apiece at the Startup Incubator Summer Track Final Pitch competition July 29 at MERGE in Iowa City, Iowa.

Seven businesses combined to win $10,250. The event was hosted by the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

John Hatfield of Chordaworm Lures won the First Place Investor award ($3,000) and Best Minimum Viable Product ($500). Jon Barns of ARBLU won Best Investor Pitch ($1,000) and Most Improved Team ($500). Jared Sherwood of Local Shore Shrimp won First Place Elevator Pitch ($1,000) and Most Traction ($500).

Madeline Humpal-Pash of ChemoCare Solutions won Second Place Investor ($2,000). Other winners were Jennifer Apitz of Walk On (Second Elevator Pitch, $750), Jordan Walters of Walters and Co., won Best Elevator Pitch ($500), and Indya Smith-Johnson of Indya Heart Studios won Best Use of Customer Discovery ($500).

Investor Pitch

First                      John Hatfield, Chordaworm Lures                                       $3,000        

Second                  Madeleine Humpal-Pash, ChemoCare Solutions             $2,000

Best Pitch             Jon Barnes, ARBLU                                                               $1,000

Elevator Pitch

First                      Jared Sherwood, Local Shore Shrimp                                  $1,000

Second                  Jennifer Apitz, Walk On                                                            $750

Best Pitch             Jordan Walters, Walters and Co.                                            $500

Most Improved Team                    Jon Barnes, ARBLU                                         $500        

Best Use of Customer Discovery  Indya Smith-Johnson, Indya Heart Studios $500

Most Traction                                Jared Sherwood, Local Shore Shrimp        $500

Best Minimum Viable Product     John Hatfield, Chordaworm Lures               $500