Twelve student companies prepared for CYstarters demo day

CYStarters Iowa State University Students who participated in the 2016 CYstarter demo day last year. Photo Courtesy of Diana Wright

Twelve student-led startup companies will pitch their businesses Friday during the 2017 demo day for CYstarters, at Iowa State University.

This is the second cohort for the CYstarters program; Demo day starts at 10 a.m. Friday at Research Park (1805 Collaboration Place) in Ames.

The CYstarters program is ten weeks and started in May.

Diana Wright, Marketing and Program Coordinator for the Iowa State University Pappajohn Center, said each startup will pitch for three to five minutes to the crowd that she expects to be between 50 and 60 people.

The event is free and open to the public.

Wright said there are companies representing the agriculture and medical technology industries along with a company doing forensic science, forensic evidence and three or four for retail.

“They will be sharing to the community what they’ve been working on, their business and what they do,” Wright said. “I’m really excited, they’ve done a lot over the summer and it’s been a great ten week program. So I’m excited to see where they go.”

Wright said Friday is not a competition but a chance for the companies to share with the community what they are working on.

But it is competitive to get into the program and Wright said 40 applicants applied to be in the 2017 cohort.

“They have been at this for ten weeks and all are very different and at different stages,” Wright says.