SIOUX CITY – More than a dozen entrepreneurs from around Siouxland attended the University of Iowa’s Venture School program recently.
The entrepreneurs that graduated Venture School represent the following Siouxland businesses:
• Qneo, a couponing app for small businesses.
• Humble Landings, a custom handmade card e-commerce site.
• Ella, an electronic vault to access and store personal healthcare information.
• Lumin Therapy, a business that combines physical therapy and yoga to relieve pain and improve quality of life.
• Heartland Coffee & Gnosh, a traveling coffee and food vendor.
Two of those businesses were selected to represent Siouxland in a recent contest at the University of Iowa's Surge Summit in Iowa City.
Qneo and Humble Landings were chosen by a panel of senior executives as the first place teams, while Lumin Therapy and Ella were selected as runners up. Lloyd Lee of Qneo and Kim Norby of Ella represented Siouxland in Iowa City in a final pitch competition of Venture School entrepreneurs from across the state.
Over six weeks, these entrepreneurs met weekly to present aspects of their businesses, receive guidance from experienced mentors and University of Iowa faculty, and to interview dozens of prospective customers –- all while learning the Lean Startup Methodology.
This year’s cohort was sponsored by several businesses, including Ho-Chunk Inc., Security National Bank, FiberCom, Knowledge Capital Consulting, Sunny Radio, and best-selling author Hal Shelton. Each of the teams and mentors received a copy of his best-selling book "Secrets to Writing a Successful Business Plan."