Kohawk Startup event awards $10,000 in prizes to Coe students

Kohawk Startup, Coe’s second annual entrepreneurship and innovation event, took place last weekend and was a huge hit. 35 people took part in the 24-hour event.

Coe College’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence David Tominsky led the group through the entrepreneurial process from idea generation and business modeling to pitching and presenting.

The event began at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8 and concluded at 6 p.m on Nov. 9. On Friday evening, ideas were pitched, teams were formed and research ensued. Throughout the day Saturday, teams received guidance from Cedar Rapids area leaders, worked through customer discovery and problem identification. 

First-place and $5,000 was awarded to team Nodey who pitched the idea of remote monitoring technology enabling the agriculture industry to make optimal decisions using real-time data about field conditions. 

Second-place and $2,500 was awarded to team FullFilled with the concept of a data-driven social and gamified app connecting volunteers to nonprofits and nonprofits to donors. 

Team Charlie’s Community Garden was the third-place and audience choice winner receiving $2,500. They pitched the idea of installing a hoop house to provide a direct supply of fresh produce to “The Nest”, Coe’s on-campus food and necessities pantry.

The top three teams will continue to meet with Tominsky for follow up consultation and to expand their entrepreneurial spirit. With Tominsky’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence position, he will maintain a dedicated space on Coe’s campus for one-on-one entrepreneurial coaching, available to all current Kohawks.