University of Iowa sends four teams to pitch competition in Chicago

Photo courtesy of Iowa JPEC.

The University of Iowa sent four teams to pitch their business ideas at the 2019 University Pitch Madness Competition Tuesday in Chicago.

This was the second annual University Pitch Madness Chicago competition, where top student startups from 7 Universities came and showcased and pitched their businesses, competing for a chance to win the top prize.

Meduco, NoLimbits, StudentsCare, and VerdiLife all represented University of Iowa at the competition and were among 28 student businesses from the Midwest who participated.

Erica Cole, founder of No Limbits, took first place overall and was awarded $5,000 in funding. No Limbits creates affordable, custom 3D-printed prosthesis covers for amputees.

This was not Cole’s first experience with pitch competitions. Since starting the company in October, she has won first place multiple competitions — Iowa Startup Games and the Rose Francis Elevator Pitch Competition — taking home $12,500, allowing her to purchase her own 3D-printer and grow the business.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to represent the University of Iowa at this competition,” said Cole. “With this funding, we will be able to invest in the technology we need to grow the business.”

Previous coverage

Eight startups take home $21,000 at Venture School Launch Day -May 17, 2019

No Limbits offers affordable, custom 3D-printed prosthetic covers -Dec. 11, 2018

Erica Cole wins both days of the Rose Francis Elevator Pitch Competition -Nov. 28, 2018