On a rainy Wednesday morning in Des Moines, entrepreneurs gathered, as they typically do, at Green Grounds Cafe in Valley Junction for 1 Million Cups. But instead of learning about an entrepreneur’s story about building their business, they got to hear four.
Students participating in Drake University‘s inaugural Lorentzen New Venture Hatchery took the stage Wednesday to share what they’ve been building throughout the summer. The students, who are about two-thirds through the program, received funding from the University earlier this summer to construct a business idea and recommit their summer time to a company they’re passionate about.
The program’s organizers said presenting at 1 Million Cups was a great way for students to get feedback on what they’ve been working on and implement some of those suggestions into their business.
While there’s still time left in the program’s summer session, continue reading to learn a bit more about what progress each of the companies have made so far:
|AP Lumina (Naren Bhojwan and Benjamin Mullis)An automotive brake light system—a group of moving, intensifying LED lights controlled by a sensor underneath the brake of a car to help determine how hard the driver is pressing his/her brake.
|Reflex Fight Gear (Kevin Clark)Reflex Fight Gear is focused on providing unique sports training equipment and apparel to athletes across a number of disciplines.
|Opportunity on Deck (Dylan DeClark)Opportunity on Deck was organized for the purpose of providing low-income students in Des Moines with opportunities to participate in free organized baseball and basketball leagues.
|Frank’s Fixies (Aaron Hermsen and Joaquin Valdes)Frank’s Fixies focuses on reigniting the “fixie” culture in Des Moines as it specializes in fixed gear bicycles by offering accessible, durable, custom-painted bikes.
Read more about the Lorentzen New Venture Hatchery through our previous coverage: “Drake alum’s Hatchery lets students spend summer building companies.”