Mentor Monday: How to Make Mentor Meetings More Productive

Molly MonkIowa Startup Accelerator, Mentoring, Startups0 Comments

Levi Bostian
Stop Wasting Time in Mentor Meetings Strong mentor relationships can be the key to success for many startups. Programs like the Iowa Startup Accelerator connect startups to incredibly well connected and knowledgeable mentors, but the effectiveness of meeting with mentors depends on the teams. “As a mentor, you are there to help the teams succeed. You are not there to ... Read More

Innovation EXPO, More Pitch Practices, and Launch Day Preparations: ISA Week 13

Molly MonkIowa Startup Accelerator, Startups0 Comments

Iowa Startup Accelerator 2016 cohort CEO's at the Innovation Expo
This was the last full work week before Launch Day for the Iowa Startup Accelerator 2016 cohort. While all of the teams continued to build their businesses, they mainly focused on creating their Launch Day pitches. Andy Stoll, one of the founding members of the Iowa Startup Accelerator, members from previous cohorts, mentors, and NewBoCo staff all participated in pitch ... Read More

Pitch Practice, Final Founder Firesides, and Midwest Fashion Week: ISA Week 12 Review

Molly MonkIowa Startup Accelerator, Startups0 Comments

With only one more full week remaining until Launch Day, the Iowa Startup Accelerator program focused intensely on pitch preparation and life after launch this week. Week 12 began with the program’s final Founder Fireside. Ravi Patel, President of Hawkeye Hotels, shared his entrepreneurial journey with the cohort, highlighting his parents’ immigration story, his congressional campaign, and his work on ... Read More

Building Regional Networks: Week 11 Review

Molly MonkEcosystem, Iowa Startup Accelerator, Startups, Uncategorized0 Comments

There’s less than one month until Launch Day! This week, the Iowa Startup Accelerator 2016 Cohort focused on community building and Launch Day pitch prep. Over the past few weeks, the cohort and Iowa Startup Accelerator staff have traveled to other startup and business communities to build their networks and develop regional connections. They traveled to Denver for the Global ... Read More

Upcoming: ISA in Ames and Des Moines

Molly MonkEcosystem, Iowa Startup Accelerator, Mentoring, Startups0 Comments

During the past month, the Iowa Startup Accelerator hit the road to build stronger connections across the nation. From San Diego to Baltimore to Denver, they’ve really put on the miles. Some of the many highlights: Streamweaver traveled to San Diego for TwitchCon to connect with leading experts in the eSports industry. TwitchCon is a celebration of all things Twitch, ... Read More

Funding, Finance, and Flooding: ISA Week 8

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Written Apparel and AssetRover helping fill sandbags for flood prep.
Startups thrive when they adapt quickly. On Thursday, flood predictions made the Iowa Startup Accelerator’s 2016 cohort adapt very, very quickly. Enormous efforts by volunteers and the city of Cedar Rapids mitigated extreme damage in the New Bohemia district. Teams in the accelerator pitched their businesses on Friday morning and then quickly pitched in to help protect the community. Until ... Read More

Mentor Perspectives: How Mentoring Helps Mentors

Jessalyn HoldcraftIowa Startup Accelerator, Mentoring, Startups0 Comments

Like most accelerators, the Iowa Startup Accelerator is mentor driven. A strong mentor network is the linchpin in a successful accelerator because it provides the bulk of the actionable information for the teams. This year, the ISA mentor network grew to include over 160 mentors in many different fields. Our mentors aren’t compensated monetarily because we want mentors that are ... Read More

We’re Halfway There: ISA Week 7

Jessalyn HoldcraftEcosystem, Iowa Startup Accelerator, Startups0 Comments

Saturday marks the official midpoint for the ISA 2016 Cohort. We’re halfway to Launch Day! This week kicked off with a FOCUS work session led by Keevin O’Rourke and Wes Merrill of Streamweaver. During this session, they shared tips from what they learned on how to validate or kill other business ideas quickly. No one knows early stage startups like ... Read More

Hatchlings, 1MC Takeover, and Financial Modeling: ISA Week 6

Jessalyn HoldcraftIowa Startup Accelerator, Startups0 Comments

After Labor Day weekend, this week began with a Founder Fireside with Brad Dwyer, CEO of Hatchlings, a Facebook integrated gaming company. Brad shared insight on viral loops, investing, and the startup ecosystem in Iowa. AssetRover and Hang kicked off a month of presentations by the ISA cohort at 1 Million Cups. During 1MC, the teams gave an in depth ... Read More

5 Ways to Get Involved This Fall

Jessalyn HoldcraftEcosystem, Female Entrepreneurs, Iowa Startup Accelerator, Startups0 Comments

There are plethora of events for the Creative Corridor's entrepreneurial ecosystem. We chose our top 5 can't miss events for the fall. Power Ladies Lunch Wednesday, September 14, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery Next up: October 12, November 9, December 14 Power Ladies Lunch is an invitation to fierce females throughout the Corridor to get together ... Read More