On February 13, 2019 seven LAS students competed in the 2019 LAS Pitch competition in Hach Hall. The competition, presented by Iowa State University’s Papajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, is designed to provide Iowa State students and recent graduates an opportunity to advance an entrepreneurial idea or project.
Students had just 90 seconds to pitch their idea to judges, with business ideas ranging from gene editing to employee retention programs. Participants represented majors in biochemistry, physics, psychology, computer science, statistics, and music and theatre.
Dillon Jensen (’21 computer science) was awarded first place for his business idea which provides breweries with a dashboard of real-time performance data, utilizing micro devices. Jensen received a cash prize and advanced to the ISU Innovation Pitch Off on March 7, 2019.
Corrine Schwarting (’19 psychology), and Cameron Stocker (’19 statistics) were runners-up and also received cash prizes. Schwarting is working on a sparring facility that will provide both physical training and community assistance, and Stocker pitched a social media alternative that would help users filter out undesirable content.