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2019 UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneur of the Year

Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Gabe Groothuis, a Sales Management and Organizational Leadership double major, from Marion, Iowa, was recognized at the UNIBusiness Leadership Celebration on April 11, 2019 as the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center Student Entrepreneur of the Year.  Gabe was UNI’s 2018 Elevator Pitch Competition winner and represented UNI at the National CEO conference in Kansas City this November advancing through to the second round before being eliminated.  Gabe also runs his business, Groothuis Solutions, out of the RJ McElroy Student Business Incubator program which is housed in the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. 

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Groothuis Solutions provides Mock Trial Training Solutions to middle school and high school teams throughout Iowa.  This fall Gabe launched an online platform to further his reach and is now distributing educational media content to Mock Trial Teams throughout the nation.  Groothuis Solutions is passionate about providing excellence to all clients and this is reflected through their results.  Over 140 students working with the company were able to achieve their mock trial goals at regional, state and national levels.  This spring the national competition will be held in Athens, GA and a team utilizing Groothuis Solutions services will be representing Iowa.  For more information on Groothuis Solutions, go to:

Gabe Groothuis Entrepreneur of the Year 2019