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Eight ISU teams selected for start-up program

The Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship at Iowa State University has announced the teams that will be a part of their first summer “CYstarters” program. The program, which takes place over 10 weeks from May 23 to July 29 at Iowa State, will allow teams access to between $6,000-$12,000 in funding, access to industry mentors, educational sessions, facility space at ISU Research Park, pitch opportunities and weekly accountability pitches to Pappajohn Center staff and mentors.

Startups by students in the College of Engineering are:

Matt Gustin – founder of GigRoot

GigRoot is an online marketplace for college student services. Its mission is to provide students with a platform to grow their skills, get exposure to employers, and deliver needed services around campus. Gustin is a senior studying computer engineering and entrepreneurial studies at ISU.

Nick Herrig – cofounder of Midwest Beer Club

Midwest Beer Club is a subscription-based, craft beer delivery system. Craft beer packages are selected for each customer based on their individual preferences and delivered to their doorstep each month. Herrig is a senior studying industrial engineering at ISU.

Mahmoud Parto – founder of Parto Tech

Parto Tech is a startup focused on development of smart devices that either communicate with smartphones or with the Internet. Smart Parking is one of the products that helps guide car owners back to their car easily through the car’s battery power supply and use of their technology. Parto is a senior studying mechanical engineering at ISU.

Kenyon Brown, Neil Saigal – cofounders of Pollup

Pollup is closing the gap of communications companies have with their employees for a faster, more intimate way using the Pollup polling tool. Brown is a sophomore studying management information systems and Saigal is a senior studying computer engineering at ISU.

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