The University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) held its Venture School Launch Day event in conjunction with EntreFEST last Thursday night.
Venture School Launch Day highlighted five standout Venture School alumni from the 2020/2021 year. The five startups were selected from a total of 80 Venture School companies this year and each had five minutes to pitch their businesses to a panel of judges followed by a three-minute Q&A.
Here are the five final companies that presented.
BOCS DSM (Des Moines)
BOCS DSM designs custom gift solutions for businesses to personally reach their employees and customers. The company sources, assembles, and ships gifts directly to recipient’s doors, taking the burden off internal resources.
Line Call (Des Moines)
The Line Call App helps amateur tennis players make the right in/out call when the ball bounce location is questionable. By turning their phones into an impartial referee, the app creates a fair and enjoyable tennis match experience for everyone.
Nate’s Powder Coating (Mason City)
A small local business that offers powder coating, mobile sand and media blasting, and on-site painting. Nate’s Powder Coating assists businesses and individuals in ensuring their metal products, tools, and equipment are always presentable.
Stock Cropper (Mason City)
Stock Cropper is an Iowa-based company building multi-species, autonomous mobile grazing barns to homesteaders, vineyards, orchards and row crop farmers interested in integrating livestock on to their land as part of the regenerative agriculture movement.
WorthU (Cedar Rapids)
WorthU helps recenter and recharge employees’ lives and improve productivity with guidance in proactively planning time off.
First place was given to The Stock Cropper who took home the $10,000 first place prize. Second Place was given to BOCS DSM who took home $7,500. Line Call won third place and took home $5,000 along with another $1,000 award. WorthU and Nate’s Powder Coating took fourth and fifth place respectively, and each took home $3,000.