Tyler Richard, 22, and Josh Weuve, 19, continue to grow their technology business and recently received a boost in funds to help propel them even further.
The young duo are founders of Cryogen Design, which is based out of a warehouse in Marshalltown. The company formed last year when they started helping school districts set up virtual reality systems, as they had experience in the field previously as students at East Marshall High School.
Cryogen recently was awarded a $5,000 Dream Big, Grow Here grant. The company made the top five in this Iowa Innovation Gateway contest due to online votes and then presented as finalists before a panel of judges, who decided their idea was a winner.
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Josh Weuve, left, and Tyler Richard, of Cryogen Design, are pictured next to a display on a computer screen of a 3-D printer they designed. The duo recently received a $5,000 Dream Big, Grow Here innovation grant for the project.
The grant was presented to the pair in a ceremony Nov. 2 in Brooklyn which featured Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.
Their next project, which is the reason they applied for the grant, will be moving forward with production of a line of 3-D printers they have designed.
"It's pretty much like an automated hot glue gun made of plastic and metal parts," Richard said. "The judges saw a lot of merit in the project and what it is capable of."
The idea came about as a result of what their customers were looking for as they set up their technology for them.
"That's the direction it is taking us," Richard said.
While they pursue this new venture, the duo continues to set up virtual reality systems for schools as they remain on the cutting edge of technology.
"It's always something new every day," Weuve said. "It's a dream come true."