Pella Native Gary
Vermeer Wins Lifetime Achievement Award;
Ames Company BodyViz Wins John Pappajohn
Business Plan Competition
Awards Received at
Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneur Conference
Moines, IA (October 6, 2009) -- Today, the Iowa Department of Economic
Development (IDED) and entrepreneur John Pappajohn announced the winners of the
2009 Iowa Business Plan Competition and the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award at
the 10th Annual Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneur Conference.
Pella native Gary
Vermeer was posthumously awarded the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. Vermeer
is the founder of the Vermeer Corporation, a manufacturing company specializing
in agricultural, construction, environmental and industrial equipment. Of his
many innovations in agriculture equipment, Vermeer revolutionized agriculture
when he created the hay baler in 1971. He was also known for his charitable
contributions and created the Vermeer Charitable Foundation, donating to local
and worldwide charities. Vermeer was presented the award posthumously.
The John Pappajohn
Iowa Business Competition winner, BodyViz, creates vivid 3D visualizations of
MRI/CT scans on the PC including virtual surgical tools. The competition consisted
of a six-month long competition, where more than 60 business plans were
submitted and reviewed. The contest led to eight businesses presenting to a
judging panel in the finals. The judging panel included the five John Pappajohn
Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) representatives and judges from the Iowa Small
Business Development Centers and the Iowa Department of Economic Development.
to thank John Pappajohn for his continued and generous support of
entrepreneurship and small businesses in Iowa,” said IDED Innovation and
Commercialization Division Administrator Karen Merrick. “With that support, we
are proud to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Iowa Venture Capital and
Entrepreneur Conference and congratulations to our award winners.”
The results of the
competition are as follows:
1st Place –
($25,000)BodyViz - Curt Carlson, President & CEO,
3D visualizations of MRI/CT scans on the PC including virtual surgical tools.
2nd Place –
Energy Solutions, Inc. – Dr. Atul Kelkar, CEO, Ames, IA
IES has developed a technology
(process and device) for conversion of waste hydrocarbons, such as refinery
waste or plastics, into liquid diesel fuel.
Tie for 3rd
Place ($5,000) Energy Control Technologies, Inc. – Paul Fisher, President &
Nikhil Dukle, West Des Moines, IA
control system solutions that provide 1-year backpack on energy efficiency
projects for machinery and industrial processes.
($5,000)Think Safe, Inc. - Paula Wickham, President,
Company engages technology that
brings lifesaving applications and residual income opportunity to the world of
first aid and emergency situations.
$1,000 Bagolitas - Ron Meyer, President, North
and wholesaler of fabric handbags, accessories and boutique products.
$1,000 LuCella – Dr. Nicola Pohl, President, Ames,
Provides custom carbohydrate-based
reagents to accelerate immunology, biology, and vaccine discovery and for
in-house diagnostics development.
Jordan Bruntz, President, Newton, IA
Provides unique engineering,
measurement, and fabrication solutions to difficult and unusual problems.
Creates educational content designed
to enhance the effective use of technology in teaching reading and mathematics.
annual Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneur Conference and Iowa Venture Forum
are currently being held in Des Moines. The conference offers companies,
entrepreneurs and investors a broad range of networking opportunities,
informational workshops and presentations.
The John Pappajohn
Entrepreneurial Centers are located at Drake University, Iowa State University,
North Iowa Area Community College, the University of Iowa and the University of
Northern Iowa. The centers provide entrepreneurial education and business
support, partnering with agencies like the Small Business Development Center
(SBDC), the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED), Entrepreneurial
Development Centers (EDCs) and local entrepreneurs to assist with funding and
other business needs.
The John Pappajohn
Entrepreneurial Center is located on the North Iowa Area Community College
campus in Mason City and provides college level courses and degree programs in
entrepreneurship, as well as comprehensive consulting services for business
start-ups, existing industries and owner transitions in the North Iowa region. Space
is available for start-up businesses in the North Iowa Business
Incubator. For more information, contact the NIACC JPEC at 641-422-4111.