The Quad Cities entrepreneurial community is receiving statewide attention once again after four teams from the region competed in a pitchoff competition at the Surge Summit at the Hawkeye Innovation Expo. Four teams from the Quad Cities Venture School co-hort competed, with one team winning 2nd place and $2,000. In addition, two Quad-Cities alumni teams competed and placed in the alumni category.

Venture School, now in its fourth year in the Quad Cities, is a six-week accelerator program that helps entrepreneurs and existing firms test new business ideas through real-time feedback and customer interaction. There have been 37 teams of Quad Cities entrepreneurs that have completed Venture School since its launch in early 2015. Last year, we had two teams from the region earn top honors at the Venture School statewide pitch-off.

Congratulations to all that completed the Venture School program and participated in the pitchoff.

Click here to view the official press release and see below for more details on the Quad Cities teams:


AIMSS, Tyler Brockel

2nd Place Winner – Statewide, $2,000

Trigger Engineering, LLC is developing an Attachable Interactive Modular Shooting System (AIMSS).  AIMSS is an app controlled system of modular electronic devices that attach to any off-the-shelf firearm targets and transforms them into a dynamic and interactive shooting experience.

Additional Quad Cities cohort teams that pitched in Iowa City:

Silver Spaces, Dr. Jill Bjerke

Silver Spaces’ mission is to create safe and secure homes for people as they grow older.  They seek not to assist them to “age in place,” but rather to “thrive at Home.”

QC Open Network (QCON), Kathy Weiman, Michael Glanz, Kristy Rodgers, Mark Mathews

The Quad City Open Network (QCON) is the central hub for human services.  QCON offers a community wide, integrated human service system to make it easy to connect to the right resources at the right time, and to collect data to inform the community of strengths and gaps for increasing the health and well-being of Quad Citizens.

Road Jet Rolling Office, Mark Ross, Jim Thomson, Amy Nelson, Steve Thornburg, Bill Dykema

Road Jet Rolling Office helps executive business travelers’ work while traveling safely, by reducing downtime, and increasing productivity and customer satisfaction.  They will utilize Land Jet’s customized mobile office vehicles.


Citispoon, Dapo and Ola Kolawole – Placed

Citispoon is a community based restaurant app that serves up personalized recommendations that make dining decisions smoother and easier.  Users are served the best places to eat in their city, all while utilizing adaptive technology to learn their personal tastes and receive curated app-to-table experiences.

Hungry Goat, Cody Kiroff - Placed

Hungry Goat’s goal is to transform the ay produce is grown and sold.  They believe in making fresh organic produce accessible to everyone by sustainably growing the highest quality vegetables and herbs indoors, year round, and selling them to their retail partners or direct to consumers still living or within hours of harvest.

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