Des Moines Register 10-11-06 iSEEK wins business plan competition By DONNELLE ELLER REGISTER BUSINESS WRITER Ames business iSEEK Corp. won the John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition today in Des Moines, snagging a $25,000 prize. The company, led by Iowa State University professors Abir Qamhiyah and Don Flugrad, won the competition at the Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneur Conference. iSEEK develops search engines for manufacturing and design companies that sort geometric shapes the way Google searches text. Sirrah, an Ames business that makes pig vaccine, won second place in the competition and received $15,000, while Latham Hi-Tech Hybrids, a seed corn company in Sheffield, won the $10,000 third-place prize. Seven semi-finalists also received $1,000. Berkley Bedell, who started a fishing lure business at 16 that now employs more than 1,000 worldwide, and his son, Tom Bedell, chairman of that company, Spirit Lake-based Pure Fishing, both received lifetime achievement awards at the conference for their entrepreneurial spirit and innovation.