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Applications open for NewBoCo’s entrepreneurial programs

July 6, 2018, Cedar Rapids, IA – Calling all idea people! Applications are open for NewBoCo’s entrepreneurial programs, including the Social Good Accelerator, Iowa Startup Accelerator fall batch, and Corridor Angel Investors August meeting.

“NewBoCo is passionate about entrepreneurs and helping people grow their innovative ideas,” NewBoCo Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Aaron Horn said. “We started with Iowa’s first tech-based accelerator program, and now we’re excited to be adding Iowa’s first social good accelerator along with a critical network of angel investors in Eastern Iowa that are looking to invest in early stage companies.”

NewBoCo’s Social Good Accelerator, Iowa’s first and only accelerator program for nonprofits, is accepting applications for two funded spots this fall. Nonprofit teams, either new organizations or new ideas from existing nonprofits, can apply to join the Social Good Accelerator where they’ll receive funding, mentorship, and training alongside other startups in the Iowa Startup Accelerator. The first Social Good Accelerator team, GSI Works, started the 12-month program in March.

Iowa’s first tech accelerator program, Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA), is accepting applications for the fall batch of its 2018 cohort. ISA focuses on idea-stage tech startups with ties to Iowa’s key industries, such as agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, and education. Accepted teams receive an investment from the ISA Fund, educational workshops, mentorship, Agile coaching, and access to resources to help build their business better.

“ISA is in its fifth year and we’ve made 35 investments so far. We’re continuing to see applications from around the world, but we are laser-focused on startups that are here or plan to stay and grow here in Cedar Rapids,” NewBoCo Accelerator Managing Director David Tominsky said.

Eastern Iowa’s accredited angel group, Corridor Angel Investors (CAI), is accepting applications from early-stage, Iowa-connected companies for its August meeting.

“Applying to the Corridor Angel Investor network is a great way to get your company noticed by potential investors in our area–whether you are chosen to pitch at this meeting or not,” NewBoCo General Counsel and CAI program manager Frank Camp said. “We circulate company information to our members and offer constructive feedback to all applicants.”

The deadline for the Corridor Angel Investors August meeting is July 9; the deadline for the October meeting is September 24. The deadline to apply to ISA and the Social Good Accelerator is July 28.

Apply to present at the Corridor Angel Investors August meeting:

Apply for Iowa Startup Accelerator fall batch:

Apply for the Social Good Accelerator:

About NewBoCo
The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) is a 501(c)(3) organization located in the New Bohemia neighborhood of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. NewBoCo’s programming supports entrepreneurship, innovation, and tech education to help Iowans become more resilient and thrive in a changing economy.

Media contact: Jessalyn Holdcraft, Director of Marketing

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