North Iowa Businesses Compete in Venture School Launch Day Pitch Competition

19 May 2021


The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center hosted the Venture School Launch Day Competition on Thursday, March 25, 2021. The spring 2021 cohort of nine teams competed in person after attending classes virtually for 8 weeks of training, developing their plans, and working with mentors. A panel of judges (Stacy Doughan, Clear Lake Chamber; Jayson Ryner, ReEnvision Ag, and Joyce Martin, Pappajohn Center & North Iowa Corridor EDC Marketing & Communications Coordinator) selected First and Second Place winners, and two Honorable Mention awards.

First Place – Nathaniel Julseth, Nate’s Powder Coating, Northwood. Awarded $2500 prize.

Second Place – Catarino Martinez, Casa Mezcal, Clear Lake. Awarded $1500 prize.

Honorable Mention – Marie Boyd, Deb Lassie, and Lisa Parker, The Kitchen, Mason City. Awarded $500 prize.

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