Students take top prizes in Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

Pictured left to right: Rebecca Lyons (Lunchsox); Dan Cosgrove; John Pappajohn; Dan Storck; Erica Cole (No Limbits); Adam Hoffman (Asonus Tech); Brandon Williams (Asonus Tech).

Three college student teams each took home $5,000 prizes at the finals of the Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition on April 26, in Des Moines.  

The winning entries were chosen based on their presentations, the viability of their plans and their ability to answer questions about their business proposals.

12 finalists from four different schools — the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and Drake University —competed in this year’s competition. Business ideas included a wide variety of concepts including photography, mobile apps, 360-degree camera systems for zoos, nightlife transportation service, mock trial consulting, online painting estimate tool platform and filmmaking.

Here were the three teams that won the competition:

  • Rebecca Lyons, Iowa State University graduate student and founder of Lunchsox, sells fashionable wool socks online and in retail locations.  Profits support American kids who are in need of food, especially on weekends and school breaks.
  • Adam Hoffman and Brandon Williams, University of Iowa students, presented their business, Asonsus Tech, which is developing software on smart devices that will notify the user whenever an important noise occurs through alerts sent via vibration or light flash.  
  • Erica Cole, University of Iowa student and founder of No Limbits, creates lightweight, 3D printed custom prosthesis covers for amputees.

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