3 Grinnell Students Win $2K for Their First-Place Startup Idea
Three Grinnell College students have won $2,000 as their first-place prize in the Pioneer Weekend Innovation Competition, sponsored by the College’s Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership.
Pioneer Weekend is a competition in which students, in teams of two or more, showcase their ideas by going through the initial phases of creating a startup. The weekend culminates in each team creating a prototype for their idea. The top three teams, chosen by a panel of alumni and Iowa entrepreneurs, win a cash prize to help kick-start their ideas. This year’s competition drew 20 participants.
The second-place team, comprised Emmet Sandberg ’18, Henry Bolster ’18, and Gracee Wallach ’18, pitched an idea called Doorway. Doorway is a location-based canvassing app that simplifies and personalizes political activism. It empowers citizens to get involved in making a difference and enables campaigns to intelligently interact with their supporters—all powered by data. The Doorway team won $1,000.
The idea for Roots, a vegetable-based nutrition snack bar with 100 calories and 0 grams of sugar, came in third place. The Roots team, which won $500, consisted of Julia Echikson ’20 and Alden Wahsono ’20.