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UNI Entrepreneurs find success at Pappajohn student entrepreneurial venture competition

July 19, 2019 - 8:00am
UNIBusiness Editor
Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

On Friday, April 26th, three tenants whose businesses are located in the R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator program competed in the Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition. The competition was hosted in Des Moines with John Pappajohn and Dan Storck with Equity Dynamics along with Dan Cosgrove, Chief Strategy Officer at Growers Edge Financial in Johnston, IA and Tom O’Reilly, President of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA judging the competition to determine the three state finalists.

Gabe Groothuis of Groothuis Solutions, Corey Behrens of Simplistic views, and Isaac Hackman of Isaac Hackman Photography all participated and pitched their business ideas to the panel of judges. All three of our students returned to Cedar Falls energized by the opportunity to pitch directly to John Pappajohn and the panel of judges. Each student was awarded $500 and recognized as a regional winner at the luncheon ceremony which took place after the competition. We are incredibly proud of all of the time, energy, and dedication these students have put into their businesses and pitches.

UNIBusiness thanks the those who donate to the Dean's Fund for Excellence. Funds raised help pay for student organization competitions, global experiences and professional credential education.


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