October 18-20 | Tucson, AZ

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Three ISU students launch startups in entrepreneurship accelerator program

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October 18-20, 2023 / Tucson, AZ
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Three Cyclone Engineering students are building new, innovative businesses this summer as members of the 2020 CYstarters cohort. CYstarters is an 11-week program giving Iowa State students with a passion for entrepreneurship the funding, skill development and mentorship to start their business while still in school.

Benjamin Thompson, a junior in mechanical engineering, teamed up with John Hatfield to co-found ChordaWorm Lures. ChordaWorm Lures is a fishing lure design for bass. One lure can last up to 20 catches. ChordaWorm Lures will change the fishing game for bass fishers.

Ahmed Ismail, a senior in industrial engineering, is working on TK Holograms. TK Holograms uses holographic fans to attract visual attention to storefronts.

Andrew Heller, a senior in mechanical engineering, partnered with Yvonne Speck to work on Boom Lash. Boom Lash helps apply and curl false eyelashes in one easy application.


Source: CYstarter summer: Three students launch startups in entrepreneurship accelerator program • College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

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