2019 Student Incubator Program

September 24, 2019 12:46 PM
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The Student Incubator Program offers students the early resources required for starting and building a business. Dave Krog, AgEI Entrepreneur in Residence, and Joe Riley, entrepreneurial business leader, serve as mentors for the group. Cohort members encourage, support, and learn from each other during this year-long course.

Students have the opportunity to learn Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup methodologies, rapidly testing their business assumptions before spending time or money on their product or service. Guest speakers frequently attend the weekly meetings to discuss topics such as: customer discovery, intellectual property, prototype development, business models, pricing, and more. 

Examples of previously launched ventures from the Student Incubator Program include:  FarmlandFinderContinuum Ag, LLC, and KinoSol. For a complete list of past ventures, check out Student Incubator

2019 Cohort:

Student Year & Major Business Description
Martin Beary Senior in Agricultural Studies Martin Beary Spraying, custom pesticide application business
Josh Carmenatte Freshman in Agricultural Business Central America coffee production business
James Chism Freshman in Agricultural Business Agricultural marketing business
Owen Cline Junior in Industrial Technology Cline Design, custom metal works business
Natalie Eick Junior in Agricultural Business Hightail Ice Cream, High-end ice cream business
AJ Hanus Senior in Computer Engineering CalcHub, Web-based math application for education and businesses
Alex Irlbeck Graduate Student in Agricultural Engineering CattleTEC, enterprise software for cow-calf operators
Chris James Junior in Entrepreneurship True360, Video and augmented reality service for zoos
Nick McQuilkin Senior in Agricultural Studies Custom hay baling business in southern Iowa
Zach Ritland Junior in Agricultural Business Organic nitrogen fertilizer business
Cameron Roehlk Senior in Ag Systems Technology Partner with Alex Irlbeck on CattleTEC
Justin Wright Senior in Agricultural Engineering Wash Wright, automated livestock facility washing service

Be sure to check back in as the semester progresses to see pictures, incubator student spotlights, and more!