Assistance Tech wins Iowa Startup Games

Last week, the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) hosted its annual Iowa Startup Games Competition.

The Iowa Startup Games is a three-day event where students from all areas of study pitch their ideas to have an impact. After the student pitches, teams were formed and work together to bring the best ideas to life. At the end of the third day, each team had the opportunity to make their four-minute pitch to a group of panelists for a chance to win cash prizes.

The top three teams selected by the judges each received cash prizes. Teams were also honored as the “Judge’s Choice” (selected by the judges) and the “People’s Choice” (selected by the audience).

Below is a summary of the winning teams:

First Place ($2,000)

Assistance Tech – Passive RFIC bracelet key for assisted living communities

  • Myles Hebets (Health Science Entrepreneurial BA, Cedar Rapids, IA)
  • Zach Combs (Engineering, Newton, IA)
  • Michael Westphal (Human Physiology, Urbandale, IA)
  • John Tian (Enterprise Leadership, Bloomington, IL)
  • Kyle Lastine (Computer Science and Engineering, Urbandale, IL)

Second Place ($1,000)

Of Kings and Queens – Connect multicultural fashion designers to multicultural student organization

  • Elizabeth Dix (Business Direct Admit, Shell Rock, IA
  • Ayotoluwafunwi Ogunwasi (Journalism and Mass Communication, Grayson, Ga)
  • Jashan Gill (Pre Business, Oakbrook, IL)
  • Fansheng He (Enterprise Leadership, Anhui, China)

Third Place ($750) and People’s Choice Award ($500)

Get to Know Me – Platform reducing frustration with the beginning sessions of therapy

  • Mckenzie Paulsen (Communication Studie, West Des Moines, IA)
  • Souhit Varre (Enterprise Leadership, India)
  • Jacob Jones (Psychology, Council Bluffs, IA)
  • Karter Donahue (Business Direct Admit, Cedar Rapids, IA)
  • Sean Diehl (Enterprise Leadership, Orland Park, IL )

Judges Choice ($500.00)

Bee-A -Keeper – Online subscription service that enables people to do something about the disappearing bee phenomenon

  • Anthony Gamino (Enterprise Leadership, Addison, IL)
  • Brock Miller (Organizational Studies, Monmouth, IL)
  • Daniel Lunde ( Enterprise Leadership, Des Moines, IA)