Aging2.0 Cedar Rapids Chapter Launch and Startup Pitch Event

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Cedar Rapids, IA, April 28, 2016

Aging2.0 Cedar Rapids Chapter Launch and Startup Pitch Event

Cedar Rapids is home to the newest chapter of Aging 2.0, a global organization focused on accelerating innovation to improve the lives of older adults around the world. With more than 30 chapters in cities like Beijing, Barcelona, and Seattle, the Cedar Rapids chapter brings a heavy emphasis on these critical issues to the upper Midwest.

The chapter will be hosted by NewBoCo through its Iowa Startup Accelerator initiative in Cedar Rapids.

The inaugural event will be on Thursday, May 5th, at Iowa Startup Accelerator’s Aging-themed Innovation Summit. The event will match aging-related startups with innovators and leaders in the sector, investors, and more. Startups have the opportunity to pitch to those industry leaders for feedback; the winner will continue on to the Aging 2.0 Global Startup Search competition, including:

  • Be featured on the Aging2.0 website during the voting round
  • Receive ONE free ticket to Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE (Oct 12-14) valued at ~$800
  • Be featured at the Global Reception during Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE

If your Startup is voted as a finalist (based on the online voting round), you will:

  • Receive Aging2.0 mentorship
  • Present on stage to 1000+ attendees for a chance to win $2,500 and a one-year membership to the Aging2.0 Alliance
  • Receive free exhibit space at the Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE conference

Startups: Apply here (only a few spots left!)

Aging / senior care leaders, innovators, investors can register here.

The event is free, and is generously sponsors by Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa.

“This is a huge step forward for Iowa,” Eric Engelmann, Executive Director of NewBoCo said. “With two aging-related startups in our accelerator cohort last year (CareAcademy and CareDrop) off to an amazing start, being a part of Aging2.0 lets us double down on the expertise we already have here, and connects us to a global network of aging innovators.”

About NewBoCo

The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative is a non-profit with the mission to accelerate world-changing ideas, from Iowa. The organization aims to create impactful startup businesses that grow here through it’s Iowa Startup Accelerator program and more; to foster world-class technical and creative talent via innovative educational programs for kids and adults; to assist thriving, innovative companies in developing new products and attracting the best talent through corporate innovation programs; and to make an outstanding social impact, and make the world a better place. Since 2014, the program has grown dramatically, helping hundreds of startups get off the ground and grow, and thousands of children learn to code.

About Aging 2.0

Aging2.0 ( is a global innovation platform focused on aging and long-term care. Aging2.0 connects, educates and supports innovators through a variety of programs including the Academy, annual Global Innovation Summit, the Leaders Circle corporate partners program, local chapter events, a consumer research panel and the CoverAGE newsletter. Over the past two years, Aging2.0 has hosted more than 60 events in 15 cities across four countries and ran its first startup program (The Generator) from Nov 2013 – May 2014.

About Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa

Founded in Cedar Rapids in 1997, Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa (PCI) is one of Iowa’s largest private, multispecialty physician groups. Over 80 physicians, surgeons, and mid-level providers meet nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge, experience, and skills in order to provide the highest quality of care in a wide range of specialties and subspecialties. Learn more at

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