2012 — Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies (IPAT)
IPAT, received first place and $25,000. IPAT is a development-stage company with an atomization process for manufacturing fine titanium and other metal powders, leading to better part quality due to the material’s ability to act much like a fluid. The company was founded in 2012 and is located in Nevada. Pictured: Accepting the award from Mr. John Pappajohn are Dr. Frank Zambrano, Co-founder, Doug Moore, COO, and Carl C. Edens, Co-founder.
2011 — VSI Aerospace
VSI Aerospace, received first place and $25,000. The company combines software and air pressure sensors to alert pilots of trajectory changes, enhancing safety and fuel savings. It was founded in 2008 and is based in Ames. Pictured: Accepting the award from Mr. John Pappajohn are Dr. Gonzalo Gibson, Co-founder and CTO and Dr. Eddie Orcutt, Founder and CEO.
2010 — Energy Control Technologies
Kenneth Sims, co-founder of ECT
Winning the grand prize was West Des Moines-based Energy Control Technologies. Founded in 2008, the company designs, manufactures and implements automation systems for the oil and gas, biofuels, and industrial and manufacturing markets. ECT’s systems improve operation safety and minimize the amount of energy consumed. ECT received $25,000 for its winning business plan. Pictured: Accepting the award, Danny Cantrell, a co-founder of ECT.
2009 — BodyViz
Dr. Isaac Pope, Taylor and Thomas Hodgson, President & CEO of BodyViz
BodyViz, based in Ames, Iowa, creates software that provides vivid 3D visualizations of medical scans on the PC for physician education and surgical planning.
2008 — Submittal Exchange
Zachary Reed, President
Submittal Exchange, of Adel, has a comprehensive, secure online system for reviewing construction submittals electronically. The system reduces paperwork, saves resources, and improves collaboration of architects, engineers and contractors on construction projects.
2007 — Ensoft Enabling Software
Bailey Pritchard, President, receives award. John Pappajohn at far right.
Ensoft Enabling Software, spawned by research at Iowa State University’s Knowledge-Centric Software Lab, develops customized tools, provides consulting services and sells software products. Clientele includes major aerospace and avionics companies.
2006 — iSEEK Company
Co-Founder, Senior Vice President & COO Dr. John Ali and Dr. Jordan Murphy, founder and president of iSEEK Corporation
iSEEK company, led by Iowa State University professors Abir Qamhiyah and Don Flugrad, develops search engines for manufacturing and design companies that sort geometric shapes the way Google searches text.