MASON CITY — The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center hosted Venture School Launch Day on Thursday, November 17, 2022, with several winning cash prizes.
The Fall 2022 Venture School cohort competed in person after attending classes virtually for 7 weeks of training, customer discovery, and developing their business model alongside local entrepreneur coaches. A panel of local judges selected First, Second, and Third Place winners, and two Honorable Mention awards.
First Place – Bethany Fisher, Trendy Pineapple Boutique, Garner, IA. Awarded $1,500 prize.
Second Place – Brittany Bock, A Kneaded Break, Charles City, IA. Awarded $1000 prize.
Third Place – Davin Mcleod and Jared Herrmann, WhiteGlove; Mason City, IA. Awarded $500 prize.
Honorable Mention – Kole Witte, Northern Roots Landscaping, Manly IA; and Michael Hook, Elegant Countertops, Garner, IA. Awarded $250 prize.
The University of Iowa Venture School is a premier statewide program for entrepreneurs and is built from a streamlined curriculum developed by the National Science Foundation I-Corps at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.
Venture School emphasizes real-world entrepreneurship and innovation based on leading edge curriculum. Teams will accelerate the startup process by testing their business model hypotheses immediately. They get out of the building to talk to customers, partners, and competitors, rather than relying on statistics and secondhand market research.
Each team is assigned a local entrepreneur as their coach. On Launch Day, participants compete for seed money with the top team winning $1,500. In addition, eligible teams may compete for cash awards at the state level during the Venture School Launch Day at EntreFEST in Iowa City on June 8-9, 2023. The cost for the course is $299. Contact Mary Spitz at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. If you are a local entrepreneur interested in becoming a Venture School coach, please contact Candi Karsjens at email@example.com. To apply for the Spring 2023 cohort, visit www.venture-school.com and select the Mason City cohort in the dropdown menu.
(Photo Caption – left to right: Brittany Bock; Bethany Fisher; Davin Mcleod, Kole Witte, Michael Hook.)