Three finalists selected for John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Competition

Top three winners of the 2018 Pappajohn CompetitionPictured left to right: Chris Krone (PowerPollen), Bill Brown (Insulights), Kyle McMahon (TractorZoom), John Pappajohn, Jason Cope (PowerPollen), Chris Krone (PowerPollen), and Mark Westgate (PowerPollen).

The three finalists have been announced for the John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition.

The winner of the competition will be announced at an Awards Luncheon at Drake University in Des Moines on Sept. 12. A total of $100,000 in prizes will be given out to the three finalists: a $40,000 First Place Prize; a 25,000 Second Prize; a $15,000 Third Prize: additional Prizes totaling $20,000.

​The 3 finalists are:

  • CartilaGen, Jaison Marks – CartilaGen is founded on a biomedical technology comprising of an intra-articular injection containing a drug suspended in a hydrogel vehicle capable of effectively preventing posttraumatic osteoarthritis – an entirely novel feat that has yet to be demonstrated by any therapeutic. 
  • Rantizo, Michael Ott – Rantizo is developing an integrated drone-based platform for the identification of in-field anomalies and targeted aerial application of agricultural chemicals via an electrostatic spray technology on board unmanned aerial vehicles. 
  • VetMeasure, Kevin Maher – VetMeasure is an animal health technology company that has developed a canine harness capable of continuously monitoring key animal health metrics, allowing earlier detection of potential problems

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PowerPollen takes home $40,000 after winning 2018 Pappajohn Pitch Competition -Sept. 18, 2018