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Venture School Winners | Spring 2015

Nine entrepreneurial teams graduated from Iowa Western’s first Venture School yesterday.

Throughout the six week program, our teams worked tirelessly to accelerate their start-up processes by getting out in the community; talking with potential customers, partners, and competitors; vetting their business ideas with seasoned mentors; and presenting their pitches to one another.

Each team made amazing improvements throughout the program, and we awarded over $5,000 in cash prizes:

1st PlaceLoess Hills Lavender Farm (Mary & Tim Hamer) 2nd PlaceNew View Training (Bethany Clark) 3rd Place– Bent Right Manufacturing (Adam Wanie)

Best Customer Discovery100 Block Arts Center (Alexander Hiffernan) Best Pivot– Go Development LLC (Ruben Gomez) Best PresentationThe Port (Jennifer Coffman & Jill Willard) Most ImprovedYear of the Startup (Jason Feldman, Sabastian Hunt, Jon Oschner, Ishmael Philip, & Adam Sagert)

Honorable Mention– Tastebuds (Ann Cody & Jody Pendgraft) Honorable MentionThe Market Place (Jaime England)

Iowa Western plans to host the Venture School program twice per year. If you have a prospective or existing small business idea and would like to participate, contact our SBDC at (712) 325-3376.

(Photo credit: ADoseofShipBoy / Flickr)

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