Biology Student Wins 2018 Business Model Competition Cash Prize

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Steve Kehoe, Department of Biology, The University of Iowa
May 25, 2018

On March 28 and 29, 2018, the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (Iowa JPEC) hosted the annual Business Model Competition. There were 30 student teams who competed over two days and $45,000 was awarded in cash prizes. The first day of the competition was for early stage companies who had not achieved revenue or won more than $1,000 in business competitions. The second day of the competition was for companies with revenue or who had previously won $1,000 or more in business competitions.

Anthony Piscopo, a Biology student majoring in Neurobiology with a pre-med interest, was a Day 2 winner of $5,000! Piscopo is Owner and CEO of Conquer Accessories, a company that creates comfortable, customizable, and handmade bracelets to be worn for any occasion: dressed-up, for daily wear, or for a workout in the gym. Each bracelet is handmade and metal-stamped with a customizable phrase and stretch-fit band to provide a truly unique, special accessory.

Conquer Accessories was founded in the summer of 2017 while Piscopo was a sophomore conducting research in the Department of Neurosurgery. Conquer Accessories has had the privilege to also make bracelets for and donate to great charitable organizations, such as Dance Marathon, the Veterans Airlift Command, Crisis Intervention for victims of domestic violence, and many others. For more information, visit

Piscopo will continue operating his business in addition to his passionate pursuit of medicine. He is currently in the process of applying to medical school with the goal of becoming a neurosurgeon. He is originally from Clear Lake, Iowa, and also works in the Howard Neurosurgery Lab at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Congratulations Anthony!