ISU Student teams ClinicNote & KinoSol both win $5,000 at Pappajohn Student Venture Competition

Contact: Diana Wright ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship 


ISU Student teams ClinicNote & KinoSol both win $5,000 at Pappajohn Student Venture Competition

Des Moines, IA, April 27th, 2015— Fourteen student teams representing Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, North Iowa Area Community College and Luther College got the chance to pitch to John Pappajohn and his team at Equity Dynamics for the chance to win $5,000 for their business idea. The statewide finals were held at the Pappajohn Higher Education Center in downtown Des Moines on Monday, April 27th.

Winners of two of the three $5,000 checks were awarded to: Mikayla Sullivan, Clayton Mooney, Ella Gehrke, Elise Kendal representing KinoSol (Iowa State University); Tyler Fox, Morgan Hampel, Justin Coaldrake representing ClinicNote (Iowa State University).

Chen Cui and Emily Roberts representing Western Wise (University of Iowa) received the third $5,000 award. The remaining 11 teams competing in the finals all received $500 awards. Also receiving $500 was Iowa State MBA student team, The Intern Connection represented by Nate Witzel, Corey Myers, Brady Lawler, Connor Almasi, and Jonathan Ellis.
The origin of the competition started 16 years ago. John Pappajohn wanted a way to help student entrepreneurs in pursuing their business ideas while at college in Iowa. The result was the Pappajohn Student Entrepreneurial Venture Competition, where over $250,000 has been awarded to student entrepreneurs over the years.


For complete descriptions on the ISU teams, please read below:

ClinicNote is an Iowa based LLC which streamlines the reporting process for Speech-Language Pathologists. While at Iowa State University, our team conducted over 50 hours of interviews with Speech-Language Pathologists across the country. We have since been accepted into the Global Insurance Accelerator in Des Moines where we have continued to develop our business. ClinicNote's software aggregates a therapist's daily session notes into progress reports required by health insurance companies to approve continued treatment of their patients.

KinoSol is a social good, soon-to-launch company that creates mobile, solar food dehydrators for subsistence farmers in developing countries. KinoSol units harness the power of the sun to dehydrate produce. Each unit has an attached storage component that is mylar-lined to lengthen shelf life of dehydrated produce. KinoSol is also mobile, with all-terrain bicycle tires and bicycle hitch. This feature allows farmers to take their units to markets and fields. KinoSol will help subsistence farmers battle post-harvest loss, increase their food availability and nutrition, and create entrepreneurial opportunities within developing countries.

The Intern Connection is a subscription based integrated website/mobile application whose mission is to improve the life of young professionals. It does this by connecting the users to other young professionals in the area, housing resources, local deals and specials, and professional development advice. We also act as a social catalyst, planning events to help interns better experience the city they are in as well as expand their professional network. We let them know inside information about their city, helping them decide where to live and what to do for fun. We aim to be their go to source for anything outside the 9-5 workday.