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Wall of Fame

When we hear from a former student that they've "started something", we get excited.

The Wall of Fame is a celebration of Start Something CALS student and alumni founders, their businesses, and successes. We are #CALSProud of these accomplishments and happy to have played a small role in helping them achieve their dreams.

Check out our ever-growing Wall of Fame!

  • 640 Labs is a precision farming platform that collects, analyzes and distributes data, effectively optimizing farming operations. 640 Labs were the founders of what's now referred to as the FieldView Drive.
    Founders:
    Craig Rupp, Corbett Kull
    Current State of Business:
    Sold/Merged
  • AA Commodities and Investments is a commodity brokerage that aides farmers in managing price risk. They provide a daily Morning Market Update newsletter that spotlights recent market news as well as fundamental data. (Trading in futures products entails significant risks of loss)
    Founders:
    Patrick White
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Above Par Tech offers GPS solutions capable of making your sprayer, no matter the make and model, a 21st-century sprayer. The solutions that are provided allow you to spray exactly what you want, where you want, and how you want. These solutions exist to make your life easier.
    Founders:
    Sam Schmidt
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • AgriPeril provides personalized risk management and marketing strategies for farmers and their operations.
    Founders:
    Reed Burres
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • AgroGraph delivers accurate and timely information on crop yields and other agricultural production information by combining satellite observations, weather data and machine learning algorithms into field-scale forecasts.
    Founders:
    Mutlu Ozdogan, James O'Brien
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Alliance Technologies Group is a company that provides high performance signal-processing solutions for wireless manufacturing.
    Founders:
    Craig Rupp
    Current State of Business:
    Sold/Merged
  • Elevating livestock biosecurity through the advancement and simplification of innovative product solutions.
    Founders:
    Jeb Gent, William Underwood
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Baitinger helps clients manage and enhance their internal customer data while also creating targeted prospect lists.
    Founders:
    Joe Baitinger
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • 24/7 towing, recovery, and lock-out services. Also buys junk cars.
    Founders:
    Natalina Bausch
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Becker Underwood was a chemical company that made a colorant to use in Round Up to allow farmers to see where they applied the product. The company grew to provide other specialty colorant products to the Ag, Turf and Golf, Forestry, Aquatics and other specialty markets.
    Founders:
    Roger Underwood, Jeff Becker
    Current State of Business:
    Sold/Merged
  • Bessie's Parlor hosts quarterly ice cream socials to promote social justice initiatives.
    Founders:
    Rebecca Runyon
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Big Cobb Enterprises, LLC is a custom hauling business based in southern Minnesota specializing in manure transport. With 3 offload manure tankers we are able to transport manure to fields farther from the barns more efficiently, helping farmers spread excess fertilizer to fields farther away.
    Founders:
    Andrew Albrecht
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • The Gateway to Iowa Craft Beer. Locally made: Craft Beer, Wine, and Pizzas all here!
    Founders:
    Alex Hage
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Brandon T. Adams is a Podcaster, Speaker, Investor, Advisor, Crowdfunding Expert, and Media Expert. Brandon is a serial entrepreneur, owning a stake in a number of businesses, including the Accelerant Media Group, Live to Grind, Young Entrepreneur Convention, Success in Your City, and more.
    Founders:
    Brandon Adams
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Brass Key Construction provides construction and handyman services. Locally located in Des Moines with a crew that prides itself on quality work and helping others in the community.
    Founders:
    Joseph Nissen
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Callstrom Lawncare is proud to serve the areas of Murray, Lorimor, Thayer, Osceola and surrounding areas. Services include; mowing, trimming, snow removal, fence line clearing, mulching, custom hauling of mulch and rock, driveway rocking, and much more.
    Founders:
    Dylan Callstrom
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Cambridge Technologies is an independent owner-operated custom vaccine company working with veterinarians and livestock producers to provide solutions to animal health problems. Diagnostic services include: Metagenomics, Sequencing, PCR, Culture & Sensitivity, Serology and Histopathology testing.
    Founders:
    Wayne Freese
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • ChopLocal logo
    ChopLocal is an online marketplace that makes it easy for farmers and butchers to connect with modern meateaters. We simplify the process from farm-to-fork, support small businesses, and provide the best-tasting meat around.
    Founders:
    Jared Achen, Katie Olthoff
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Cimtechnologies
    Industrial Engineering Software
    Founders:
    Dave Sly
    Current State of Business:
    Sold/Merged
  • Clayton Farms logo
    Clayton Farms (formerly Nebullam) builds direct-to-consumer indoor farms. We own the supply chain, from seeding through doorstep delivery, year-round. Their technology is designed for commercial producers in leafy green, microgreen, and pharmaceutical production, as well plant R&D.
    Founders:
    Clayton Mooney, Danen Pool
    Current State of Business:
    Started
  • Remodeling of anything in and around a house.
    Founders:
    Joseph Nissen
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Continuum Ag provides soil health consulting to farmers and agricultural companies, around the world, by quantifying and improving soil health. With improved soils, agriculturalists can fit into sustainable ag markets, improve land valuations, improve environmental impact, and boost on-farm profit!
    Founders:
    Mitchell Hora
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Combining soil testing and liquid fertilizer to help customers maximize every pass they make across their acres to be more efficient and profitable.
    Founders:
    Tyler Deal
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Automated commodity contract pricing models and trading.
    Founders:
    Kevin Kimle
    Current State of Business:
    Sold/Merged
  • DejaBrew is a small town coffee shop with all of the offerings of a big city owned by Colin and Liz Hoppe. DejaBrew offers gourmet coffee drinks, smoothies, baked goods and full lunch menu. They focus on excellent, personalized customer service to go with every order.
    Founders:
    Elizabeth Hoppe
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • DCH works closely with its clients and strives to ensure that all of its customers' needs are met with solutions. What sets DCH apart from its competitors is not just building software solutions, but using this software daily.
    Founders:
    Alex Hage
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Distynct logo
    Connects swine producers to critical barn-level information by enabling precision livestock farming and remove management of livestock facilities.
    Founders:
    BJ Brugman
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • DNA Seed is a Beck's Hybrids seed dealer located north of Shenandoah. Providing customers with the best tools needed to make their farm succeed is what this company strives to achieve.
    Founders:
    Drew Nielsen
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Double Dipped Ice Cream and Coffee Shoppe is owned and operated by twins sisters, Stacey Noe and Sara Hillebrand, along with their husbands. The business serves a full coffee and ice cream menu, along with sandwiches and soups daily.
    Founders:
    Stacey Noe, Sara Hillebrand, Dan Noe, Jeremy Hillebrand
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Electronic commerce applications for agricultural businesses.
    Founders:
    Kevin Kimle, Dave Krog, Rusty Harder
    Current State of Business:
    Sold/Merged
  • Eagle's Catch
    Eagle's Catch, LLLP is an aquaculture production company located in Ellsworth, IA. It's indoor, on land, and intensive production system is one of the world's largest. Eagle's Catch produces and sells high-quality Tilapia for traditional retail and ethnic live markets across North America.
    Founders:
    Joe Sweeney
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Singer/Songwriter
    Founders:
    EllieMae Millenkamp
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Farmers Risk is a software platform that consolidates a farmer's risk portfolio in one easy to use place, provides decision support tools, and offers low-cost futures and options trades directly from their risk dashboard.
    Founders:
    Dakota Hoben
    Current State of Business:
    Started
  • FarmlandFinder Logo
    Online search portal and analysis tools for land real estate.
    Founders:
    Steven Brockshus
    Current State of Business:
    Sold/Merged
  • FarmToys4You sells a wide variety of farm toys online through a company website, Instagram, and Facebook. Most products are 1/64 scale toys with an inventory consisting of model tractors, farm equipment, semis, pickups, cars, as well as model buildings, animals and other display items.
    Founders:
    Collin Knipper
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Filtraponics logo
    Filtraponics turns any aquarium into an educational aquaponic system. We utilize aquaponics (growing plants with fish waste) as an educational tool for customers to teach about science concepts (nitrogen cycle, agriculture, biology, and more) in and out of the classroom.
    Founders:
    Isaac Bradford
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Goats On The Go applies targeted goat grazing to sustainably manage unwanted and invasive vegetation on customers' properties. Goats On The Go also produces and distributes what its founders believe to be the most sustainable meat on Earth, shipping goat meat cuts to consumer doorsteps nationwide.
    Founders:
    Aaron Steele, Chad Steenhoek
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Raising 100% grass-fed beef on a century family farm from birth to harvest, Grand View Beef focuses on environment, genetics, and practices to ensure the animal has a stress-free life resulting in a superior product. Available direct to consumer, in grocery stores, and in restaurants across Iowa.
    Founders:
    Knute Severson, Amanda Severson
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • GWT uses micoalgae to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater.
    Founders:
    Martin Gross, Zhiyou Wen
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Halbur Seed logo
    Seed Dealership with Beck's Hybrids, improving the quality of seeds planted, using heavy business analytics and professionalism to ensure customer satisfaction.
    Founders:
    Nick Halbur
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Harrisvaccines, now sold to Merck Animal Health, was a company focusing on herd-specific vaccines. Harrisvaccines are most commonly known for their PEDv product for swine.
    Founders:
    Hank Harris
    Current State of Business:
    Sold/Merged
  • Harvest Capital searches for unique agricultural investment opportunities to provide investors with diversity and the potential for out sized returns.
    Founders:
    Scott Oakes, Scott Thornburgh
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Hightail Delivery is an online platform for customers to place orders for fresh, locally-produced food products to be delivered to their doorstep. Hightail Delivery partners with local food producers to offer customers a wide array of locally-grown food items including it's own beef and ice cream.
    Founders:
    Natalie Eick
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Katwater Transport is a trucking company based in Anamosa, IA. They haul gain, livestock and other materials.
    Founders:
    Kirk Atwater
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Keenan Auction Service is an auction service that uses online auctions to reach more buyers.
    Founders:
    Tyler Keenan
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • KinoSol is a Specific Benefit Corporation with a focus on decreasing food waste on a global scale via food waste reduction technology. KinoSol’s first product, the Orenda, is a small-scale, solar-powered food dehydrator designed for farmers and families in developing countries.
    Founders:
    Mikayla Sullivan, Clayton Mooney, Elise Kendall, Ella Gehrke
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Latham Hi-Tech Seeds is a third-generation, family-owned company serving farmers in the Upper Midwest with most diverse lineup of genetics, traits and technologies; Seed-2-Soil® agronomic services and independent research – all delivered with personal service and the highest quality standards.
    Founders:
    John Latham, Shannon Latham
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • Family-owned BP convenience stores located in Glenwood, Red Oak, and Pacific Junction.
    Founders:
    Nate Lincoln
    Current State of Business:
    Operational
  • LunchSox provides meals for kids during weekends and other school breaks by providing funding from sock sales to existing meal programs. Lunchsox is in the process of developing a farm-to-foot supply chain in which all materials can be traced directly to their farm of origin.
    Founders:
    Rebecca Runyon
    Current State of Business:
    Sold/Merged
  • MasterGrass serves the Ankeny, Ames and surrounding areas by providing the following services: landscaping, hardscapes, mowing, fertilization, weed control, and much more!
    Founders:
    Zachariah Ritland
    Current State of Business:
    Operational