University of Iowa to host multiple competitions for student entrepreneurs

Over the next month, the University of Iowa (UI) will hold two different pitch competitions—the Fall 2019 IdeaStorm and the Iowa Startup Games.

IdeaStorm Week

From Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, UI will be holding IdeaStorm Week, a week full of entry level pitch competitions where UI students can share their business idea in two minutes or less with a panel of judges and an audience. After the presentations, the judges will deliberate and announce the winners and award the cash prizes. 

UI will be holding four different pitch competitions, each with their own focus. Students must apply by Sept. 26.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
HEALTH INITIATIVES
 IdeaStorm
Creating a better well-being through healthcare innovation

Competition focuses on new solutions to healthcare problems. Ideas may focus on a variety of aspects of healthcare, including mental health, dentistry, pharmacy, patient experiences, health outcomes, medical devices, public health and more.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
CREATIVE CONCEPTS IdeaStorm
Innovation through art, design, history, music and literature

Competition focuses on sharing new ideas within the world of art. Ideas may focus on a variety of creative mediums such as fine arts, fashion, design, music, history, literature and more.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
COMMON GOOD
 IdeaStorm
Inspiring change through social and sustainable ideas to benefit the common good.

Competition focuses making the world a better and more sustainable place. Ideas may be connected to eco-friendly, sustainability, social justice, crisis management, natural disaster solutions, and much more.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
CONSUMER SOLUTIONS IdeaStorm
Exploring Solutions to everyday problems through new products or services.

Competition focuses on innovative solutions to everyday problems. The range for this competition is wide, and covers food products, household goods, living essentials, travel, technology and much more.

Iowa Startup Games

UI will be holding the Iowa Startup Games Oct. 25-27, a three-day event where students, from all areas of study, pitch their startup ideas, and in a team with peers, spend a weekend working to bring the idea into reality.

After students pitch, they will form teams and work together to bring the best ideas to life. By the third day, each team will pitch to a group of panelists for a chance to win cash prizes.

Registration for the Iowa Startup Games is due Wednesday, October 9th.