UI student-owned business wins $100,000 at prestigious TCU start-up competition

UI student-owned business wins $100,000 at prestigious TCU start-up competition

HealthTech Solutions, a business founded by two University of Iowa students, both from Iowa, that makes it easier to connect organ donors with recipients, won the grand prize in a start-up venture competition sponsored by TCU.

The team won $25,000 in cash and $75,000 in in-kind services, including marketing/advertising, IT consulting, legal consulting, and financial services consulting.

Health Tech Solutions was founded by Dalton Shaull, a 2016 UI engineering graduate from Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Eric Pahl, a Health Informatics doctoral student from Ames, Iowa. The company modernizes communication in organ transplant, using a real-time mobile software application that facilitates instantaneous communication and information flow. The innovation allows clients to coordinate organ transplants in a real-time, collaborative communication process so that no donated organ goes to waste and the more than 120,000 people in the US waiting for a donated organ will receive one.

The business is headquartered in the Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory (BELL), the University of Iowa’s start-up incubator for student-owned businesses managed by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC).

The Barrentine Values and Ventures Competition brought together students from 51 universities with start-up businesses that benefit specific populations, communities, and/or the environment to compete at TCU’s Neeley School of Business.


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