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Two UNI businesses named finalists for statewide awards

March 10, 2014

Joe Bolick, communications and grants manager, Business and Community Services, 319-273-6577,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Two businesses from the University of Northern Iowa’s business incubators have been named finalists for the Prometheus Awards presented by the Technology Association of Iowa. The annual awards honor companies and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in technology.

iTracking Research, which uses an eye-tracking technology to provide a way for businesses to understand consumer behavior, is a finalist for the Outstanding Startup Company Award. The company was founded by Bill Harwood, professor of chemistry, and Mike Whitson, a UNI alumnus. The technology will soon begin FDA clinical trials as a non-invasive way to detect Parkinson’s disease. The business is located in the Regional Business Center's Innovation Incubator.

"College Dayz" is a finalist for the Student Innovation of the Year Award. "College Dayz" is an online comic strip and animated series founded by Tyler Polk, a senior majoring in CPA advanced studies, and Zach Hampton, a senior majoring in art. The series looks to fill a void in the entertainment industry, where there are currently no animated shows focusing on college life. The business is located in the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator. The comic is intended for mature audiences.

The winners of the 2014 Prometheus Awards will be announced on Wednesday, April 9, at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines. For additional information, contact Joe Bolick, communications and grants specialist for UNI's Business and Community Services, at 319-273-6577 or