The John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition contest is intended to encourage and promote entrepreneurial activity and create greater awareness of the resources available to entrepreneurs in Iowa. We encourage innovative, new ventures to participate. Judges selected by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers will review all submissions. Participants will be judged on the basis of their written submissions and, for participants who advance to later rounds, presentations to the judges. Judges will rank participants and, subject to certain limitations, the top three will be awarded. Prospective participants must read and comply with the rules of the competition set forth below to enter and participate in the John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition. The John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is void where prohibited by law. The 2019 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition is co-hosted by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers and the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

The 2019 3 top winners in alphabetical order are:

CartilaGen, Jaison Marks – CartilaGen is founded on a biomedical technology comprising of an intra-articular injection containing a drug suspended in a hydrogel vehicle capable of effectively preventing posttraumatic osteoarthritis – an entirely novel feat that has yet to be demonstrated by any therapeutic.

Rantizo, Michael Ott – Rantizo is developing an integrated drone-based platform for the identification of in-field anomalies and targeted aerial application of agricultural chemicals via an electrostatic spray technology on board unmanned aerial vehicles.

VetMeasure, Kevin Maher – VetMeasure is an animal health technology company that has developed a canine harness capable of continuously monitoring key animal health metrics, allowing earlier detection of potential problems like hypothermia, thus decreasing recovery time from surgery or illness, and potentially saving the dog’s life.

VetMeasure continues to rack up awards and funding.  We are excited to continue seeing the great work and advancements from this #csustartup.  Congratulations and Well Done!