An autism therapy software founded by three University of Iowa students recently won the grand prize at Texas Christian University’s Values and Ventures business startup competition, the Tippie College of Business reports.

ABAL Therapeutics, which won $25,000 in the national startup competition, is owned by co-founders Logan Grote, ‘18; Shamus Roeder, ‘19’ and Max Salinger, ‘20.  The software replicates Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy used by therapists to help children with autism learn to look, listen, read and converse, the college said in a statement. ABA therapy is often difficult for families to access, with wait lists for therapists that can last 18 months, and costs which may exceed $100,000 a year.

Student entrepreneurs from 55 universities competed in the 2018 Values and Ventures competition.