Fifteen companies pitch their ideas at CYstarters demo day

This summer’s CYstarters program came to an end on Thursday as the fifteen companies in the 2019 cohort presented their ideas to an audience of over 100 people.

Inside the Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, each company presented about a problem they identified, their business idea, product, financial projections, marketing strategy and ability to scale.

CYstarters is an 11-week program that provides students with financial support, professional resources and educational workshops for startups.

The program, now in its fourth year, has now provided $365,000 in funding to 50 different student businesses.

Award winners

Awards were given at the end of the presentations. Five undercover investors sat among the audience and each of them awarded $1,000 to one of the presenting companies.  

The five selected winners from this year’s cohort were: Jensen Applied Sciences, The Modern Milkman, Curiosity, Impocket and Comic Sandwiches.

In addition, three alumni awards were given out to people who participated in previous cohorts of CYstarters and have seen continued success since then. The three Alumni Awards were given to Chris James, founder of True 360, Jacob McClarnon, co-founder of HomePainter and to Mikayla Sullivan, co-founder of Kinosol.

Lastly, was the CYstarter Alumni’s Breakfast Club Award, which was given to Lauren Gifford, founder of Flourish.

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CYstarters announces 15 student entrepreneurs for 2019 cohort -May 6, 2019