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2019 Student Incubator Program

Content Author:
Atty Bailey

The Student Incubator program offers students the early resources required for starting and building a business. Dave Krog, Start Something College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and Joe Riley, entrepreneurial business leader, serve as mentors for the group. Cohort members encourage, support, and learn from each other during this year-long course.

Students have the opportunity to learn Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup methodologies, rapidly testing their business assumptions before spending time or money on their product or service. Guest speakers frequently attend the weekly meetings to discuss topics such as: customer discovery, intellectual property, prototype development, business models, pricing, and more. 

Examples of previously launched ventures from the Student Incubator program include FarmlandFinderContinuum Ag, LLC, and KinoSol. For a complete list of past ventures, check out Student Incubator

2019 Cohort:

StudentYear & MajorBusiness Description
Martin BearySenior in Agricultural StudiesMartin Beary Spraying, custom pesticide application business
Josh CarmenatteFreshman in Agricultural BusinessCentral America coffee production business
James ChismFreshman in Agricultural BusinessAgricultural marketing business
Owen ClineJunior in Industrial TechnologyCline Design, custom metal works business
Natalie EickJunior in Agricultural BusinessHightail Ice Cream, High-end ice cream business
AJ HanusSenior in Computer EngineeringCalcHub, Web-based math application for education and businesses
Alex IrlbeckGraduate Student in Agricultural EngineeringCattleTEC, enterprise software for cow-calf operators
Chris JamesJunior in EntrepreneurshipTrue360, Video and augmented reality service for zoos
Nick McQuilkinSenior in Agricultural StudiesCustom hay baling business in southern Iowa
Zach RitlandJunior in Agricultural BusinessOrganic nitrogen fertilizer business
Cameron RoehlkSenior in Ag Systems TechnologyPartner with Alex Irlbeck on CattleTEC
Justin WrightSenior in Agricultural EngineeringWash Wright, automated livestock facility washing service

Be sure to check back in as the semester progresses to see pictures, incubator student spotlights, and more!