Winners Announced in the 12th Annual John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition

Posted on Monday, September 25th, 2017

The 2017 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition came to a close on
September 21 with the announcement of the winners at a special recognition luncheon at Drake
University in Des Moines. Twelve teams advanced to the final presentation round, and the
winners were announced at the luncheon.

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Gross Wen Technologies received first place and was awarded $25,000. Gross Wen
Technologies (GWT) has invented an algal based wastewater treatment process that recovers
nutrients from wastewater. The algae biomass that is produced can be used as a slow-release
algal fertilizer. GWT is headquartered at the ISU Research Park in Ames.

Martin Gross, CEO
Darren Jarboe, VP Business Development came in second place and was awarded $15,000. is a cloud-based
construction payment platform to facilitate the exchange of lien waivers, ACH payments, W9s
and 1099s. Based out of Springboard CoWorking in Sioux City, Iowa, intends to
totally change the construction technology landscape by reducing paperwork and streamlining

Geoffrey Arnold, co-founder and CEO
Luis Trejo, co-founder and CRO
Sean Richardson, co-founder and CPO

Pablow received third place and was awarded $10,000. Pablow has created a flexible
insurance policy system that gives travelers the ability to purchase vacation rental insurance on
their terms and on their own timeline, better protecting the renter and the manager.

Steve Sherlock, CEO

Three honorable mentions were awarded $2,000 prizes this year. Companies receiving these
awards included Colin Hurd, CEO of Smart Ag, located in Ames; Steve Brockshus, CEO of
Terva Marketplace in Ames; and Seamus Roeder, CEO of ABAL Therapeutics in Iowa City.

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Special thanks to John Pappajohn, who through his unwavering commitment to foster
entrepreneurship in Iowa, has again sponsored this entrepreneurial venture competition and has
provided extensive support for entrepreneurship in Iowa,” said Randy Pilkington, director of the
University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

The competition is a collaborative project of the Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers
located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, the
University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa. Details about next year John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition will be
announced in February of 2018.

For additional information about the competition, visit