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Students learn to brainstorm at Startup Games

University of Iowa students listen to teams pitch ideas for business startups during the...
University of Iowa students listen to teams pitch ideas for business startups during the Startup Games in Iowa City, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. (Alison Snider/KCG-TV9)(KCRG)
Published: Feb. 26, 2017 at 5:49 PM CST
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Students from the University of Iowa competed for money on Sunday as part of the Iowa Startup Games.

The three-day event started Friday when about 50 students teamed up and pitched ideas for business startups. Over the course of the weekend, they developed their business plans. The students came from different colleges across UI's campus.

On Sunday, the ten groups of students gathered to give their final pitches. Some business ideas included an app for international students to find English-speaking tutors and an energy drink that doesn't cause any type of jitters or crash.

A panel of four judges who are entrepreneurs themselves picked the winners.

The top three pitches, judge's choice and people's choice award received prize money.

An organizer says the event is a way to get students brainstorming ideas. "There's so many levels of experience they but I think the main thing is that they actually get real world experience, instead of just being in a classroom," said Kimm Harris, the Iowa Startup Games facilitator.

Students have a chance to pitch ideas again during the Fall semester.