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:
• Best Customer Discovery– 100 Block Arts Center (Alexander Hiffernan) • Best Pivot– Go Development LLC (Ruben Gomez) • Best Presentation– The Port (Jennifer Coffman & Jill Willard) • Most Improved– Year of the Startup (Jason Feldman, Sabastian Hunt, Jon Oschner, Ishmael Philip, & Adam Sagert)
• Honorable Mention– Tastebuds (Ann Cody & Jody Pendgraft) • Honorable Mention– The 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.
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