The Winners

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The inaugural Startup Weekend Ames was a resounding success!

The organizers, judges, and participants of the inaugural Startup Weekend Ames

The organizers, judges, and participants of the inaugural Startup Weekend Ames

We were astonished at the turn-out and the quality of each and every presentation. The judges certainly had a difficult task in deciding which teams should be declared “the winners”, but we’re grateful that they did such a spectacular job selecting these teams as our top three!

3rd Place

In third place was SpotVendr, with their parking spot reservation app. Their prize package includes:

  • An hour-long consultation with Aayush Phumbhra, co-founder of Chegg.com and Iowa State alumnus.
  • The option of a month of office space in the ISU Research Park.
  • Several business development consultations with Mike Upah of the ISU Pappajohn Center.
  • Screenprinted teeshirts for the team from Sigler.

2nd Place

In second place was Zen Bin, with their cleanliness-encouraging trash bins. Their prize package includes:

  • All of the third-place prizes
  • 250 business cards printed by Sigler.

1st Place

Coming in at first place was, a little surprisingly, Stinky Flowers Co., providing “economical flower shopping” for all. Their prize package includes:

  • An hour-long consultation with Aayush Phumbhra, co-founder of Chegg.com and Iowa State alumnus.
  • The option of a month of office space in the ISU Research Park.
  • Several business development consultations with Mike Upah of the ISU Pappajohn Center.
  • 25 screenprinted teeshirts and 500 printed and designed business cards from Sigler.
  • A tour of the ISU VRAC facility, including a C6 experience.
  • The opportunity to pitch their idea to Dundee VC and/or Drop Kick Ventures.
  • Free tickets for the team to Big Des Moines.

We had some great teams for the first Startup Weekend event to take place in Ames, and we hope that it will be even more spectacular next time around!