JPEC awards Most Promising Opportunity honors to Iowa entrepreneurs

JPEC awards Most Promising Opportunity honors to Iowa entrepreneurs

Three Iowa start-ups were named the most promising entrepreneurial efforts  recently by the University of Iowa’s Venture School entrepreneurial development program.

The businesses receive the Most Promising Opportunity prize at the conclusion of Venture School’s Startup Weekend events that took place in Ames, Iowa City and Waterloo/Cedar Falls. The three businesses will receive the opportunity to attend Venture School tuition free in the community of their choice in 2016.

The winners in each city are:

Ames: Tillage, a startup to help investors find the right farmland.

Waterloo/Cedar Falls: I See U, a video platform connecting mothers with nurse practitioners to assess the condition of a sick children to better determine if urgent care is needed.

Iowa City: Rock the Gift, a concierge service to help online shoppers find unique, high-quality gifts.

Venture School is run by the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) and helps entrepreneurs by accelerating the startup process and increasing their odds of success. UI Venture School is the state of Iowa’s only National Science Foundation I-Corps Site.


Tom Snee, Office of Strategic Communication, 319-384-0010 (office), 319-541-8434 (cell)