Rantizo wins 2019 Pappajohn Pitch Competition, takes home $40,000

Rantizo today was announced the winner of the 2019 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition and was awarded $40,000.

The competition is a collaborative project of the Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.

24 companies made it to the semifinal round of the competition, and then to 12 for the final presentation round.

The twelve finalists presented their business plan concepts to a panel of judges in August the Iowa State University Economic Development Core Facility in ISU Research Park.

The winners of the competition were announced today at a special recognition awards luncheon at Drake University in Des Moines.

In total $100,000 was given out in prizes to the final twelve companies.

Here are how the final 12 companies did:

1st Place ($40,000) – Rantizo

2nd Place ($25,000) – Cartiligen

3rd Place ($15,000) – Vet Measure

4th Place ($7,500) – Emory Dry Ice

Honorable mentions ($2,500) – Nebullam, No Limbits, Firefly Photonics

All other finalists received a $1,000 award (Continuum Ag, Kimle Aquaculture, HomePainter, Stratafolio and Treu360).

Previous coverage

Three finalists selected for John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Competition -Sept. 4, 2019

Rantizo is bringing drone technology to the ag industry -Oct. 15, 2018

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