Kick-Start Application 2021

Deadline: Extended to Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021 at 11:59 PM. Tell us more about your idea! This form is your chance to convince us that your idea is worth pursuing and funding. Remember, you are competing with other University of Iowa engineering students for a limited number of Kick-Starts so you’ll need to be persuasive. Kick-Start applications will be reviewed by a group from the Lichtenberger Engineering Library, Engineering Technology Centers, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, and the UI Research Foundation. Decisions will be made during the month of November and you’ll be notified (either way) via email. If you have any questions, please contact Kari Kozak ( We can’t wait to hear about your idea. Good luck!
  • Student Agreement

    Before completing your application, please review the student information including the process, requirements, parameters, and restrictions.
  • Tell us about your idea!

    We are looking for a convincing and succinct descriptions of your idea. Please keep your descriptions between 250-1,000 words.
  • A faculty or staff sponsor is required for every application. We’ll contact them with a copy of your application to verify they agree to be your sponsor. Find more information on our sponsor information page:
  • Include details about why you're interested in this idea and the problem(s) it would help solve. Please attach concept drawings, blueprint drawings or other support materials that will help describe the project and show you are ready to make a physical prototype.
  • If you are building on an existing idea, how are you making it better or different?
  • We have a limited number of Kick-Starts. Why should we give you one for this idea?
  • This does not have to be precise, but what will you need the funding for. What items do you need to purchase? Do you need to 3D print materials? Do you need electrical circuit boards?
  • Additional Details

  • Include full name(s) and UIowa email address(es) for your other team members.
    Information provided in this application is confidential. This question will have no impact on the review process but is helpful for working on marketing and promotional materials so we don't disclose too much information.
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