Friday, May 5, 2023

Ryan Gudenkauf and his company PTXtension was the biggest winner at the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) Undergraduate Startup Incubator Spring Final Pitch Competition on May 5 at MERGE in Iowa City, Iowa.

Gudenkauf placed first and earned $2,500, and he also won the Crowd Choice award for $500. Second place and $1,000 went to Indya Smith-Johnson and her company Indya Heart Studios. Winning third place and $500 was Conner Boerm and his company TeleNu.

There were two $250 winners in an Elevator Pitch category: Madeleine Humpal-Pash with ChemoCare Solutions and Sabrina Shaw with Urban Wave Embroidery.

Iowa JPEC is the hub for entrepreneurship education and outreach at the University of Iowa.