Friday, May 3, 2024

Lily Hintz and her company Health Harmony was the biggest winner at the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) Undergraduate Startup Incubator Spring Final Pitch Competition on May 3 at Iowa Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City, Iowa.

Hintz placed first and earned $2,500 with her software that alerts nursing staffs to changes in biomarkers in late-stage Alzheimer’s patients to prevent aggressive behaviors before they happen. Second place and $1,000 went to the team of James Altschul, Will Schwartz, Sam Perona, and Kat Trout-Baron of Heartland Pictures. Heartland Pictures is a business that creates feature films by and for Midwestern movie-goers. Winning third place and $750 was Jacob Vander Sanden and his company, Cedar Sales. Cedar Sales helps bridge the gap between retail and online sales through Amazon.

There were three $250 honorable mention winners: Craig Bantz and his company, ModelMint, Keegan Fogarty and his company, Solace Biotech, and the group of Colin Speikers, Josh Cohen, and Brady Stein with OneBuzz Network.

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

AwardBusinessNamesPrize Amount
FirstHealth HarmonyLily Hintz$2,500
SecondHeartland PicturesJames Altschul, Will Schwartz, Sam Perona, Kat Trout-Baron$1,000
ThirdCedar SalesJacob Vander Sanden$750
Honorable MentionModelMintCraig Bantz$250
Honorable MentionSolace BiotechKeegan Fogarty$250
Honorable MentionOneBuzz NetworkColin Speikers, Josh Cohen, Brady Stein$250