$12,500 in prizes awarded to Hawkeye Startup Accelerator companies

Photo courtesy of Iowa JPEC.

16 student-run companies from the University of Iowa pitched their business ideas last Friday as the 2019 cohort of the Hawkeye Startup Accelerator came to an end.

During the twelve-week Hawkeye Startup Accelerator program, teams of student entrepreneurs work on launching their startup idea by using Lean Startup methodologies. 

“The students in the 16 startups that were part of the University of Iowa’s 2019 Hawkeye Startup Accelerator all worked incredibly hard on their businesses and there are several poised for immediate success,” said Lynn Allendorf, Director of Iowa JPEC. “This year, based on feedback from previous participants, we developed a CEO School for the founders so they are better prepared to manage their businesses and teams. This included leadership, marketing and PR, social media, and accounting training programs.”

In total, $12,500 was given out in prizes at the final pitches on Friday.

Award winners

INVESTOR PITCHES

  • 1st Place – No Limbits, $3,000
  • 2nd Place –  Fortius Accessories, $2,000
  • 3rd Place – Meduco, $1,000
  • Best pitch – Wanderlust Wraps, $500

ELEVATOR PITCHES

  • 1st Place – DeFoggles, $1,000
  • 2nd Place – Supercorn Tutoring, $750
  • 3rd Place – Solar Ponix, $500
  • Best pitch – Harvest House, $250

STUDENT NOMINATED AWARDS 

  • Best Intern – Stephen Paoletti $250
  • Best Founder – Dr. Dayton Trent $250

STARTUP COACHES AWARD

  • Most improved Team – Sips $500
  • Best use of customer discovery – Sloan Hoover, Box of Happiness $500
  • Most Dedicated founder – Eric Brosch (DeFoggles) $250
  • Most Dedicated intern- Logan Fonken $250
  • Most professional founder – Dr. Dayton Trent $250
  • Most professional founder – Kaiwai Patel $250

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

Best Investor pitch

  • No Limbits – $500

Best elevator pitch

  • DeFoggles – $250
  • Harvest House –$250