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CYstarter summer: Three students launch startups in entrepreneurship accelerator program

Three Cyclone Engineering students are building new, innovative businesses this summer as members of the 2020 CYstarters cohort. CYstarters is an 11-week program giving Iowa State students with a passion for entrepreneurship the funding, skill development and mentorship to start their business while still in school.

Benjamin Thompson, a junior in mechanical engineering, teamed up with John Hatfield to co-found ChordaWorm Lures. ChordaWorm Lures is a fishing lure design for bass. One lure can last up to 20 catches. ChordaWorm Lures will change the fishing game for bass fishers.

Ahmed Ismail, a senior in industrial engineering, is working on TK Holograms. TK Holograms uses holographic fans to attract visual attention to storefronts.

Andrew Heller, a senior in mechanical engineering, partnered with Yvonne Speck to work on Bloom Lash. Bloom Lash helps apply and curl false eyelashes in one easy application.

Want to learn more about these exciting startups? Tune in to the virtual CYstarters demonstration day on July 30 at noon by. Register here.