Growing a Diverse Startup Community in Iowa’s Creative Corridor

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Iowa Startup Accelerator joined the Creative Corridor last year. We love being a member of the startup community and being integrated in Iowa's entrepreneurial ecosystem. We know that we are lucky to call the Corridor home and that we were quickly plugged into the network due to our already connected founders and friends. We also know that not everyone is ... Read More

ISA 2015 Community Connection Welcome Party

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In 2014, Iowa was the worst state for minority-owned businesses according to a report produced by the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy. In 2015, Iowa ranked dead last in the number of women-owned businesses. Those cringeworthy statistics are nothing to boast about for the Hawkeye State. That's why ISA identified the inclusion of women and minorities in Iowa's entrepreneurial community ... Read More

Iowa Startup Accelerator Receives $50,000 from SBA

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Iowa Startup Accelerator Receives $50,000 from SBA Media Contact Jessalyn Holdcraft, Marketing & Communications Coordinator 319.382.5498 / Cedar Rapids, IA, August 4, 2015 For the second year in a row, Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA) has received $50,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. ISA was one of 80 winners selected from more than 400 applicants from across the … Read More

ISA Looks to Strengthen Inclusivity with $50,000 from the SBA

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For the second year in a row, we have received $50,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration's Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. Our goal is to use the funds to continue to grow and support Iowa's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Here are the next great leaps we plan to make in order to support the startup community in Iowa: Ramp up corporate innovation programs. This initiative ... Read More

Introducing the ISA 2015 Cohort

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This year, we wanted to launch our 2015 Cohort by kicking our program up a few notches. We started with the addition of our Pre-Accelerator program, and now we have more mentors, more experience, and more to teach. We're ready for 95 days of challenging our teams to achieve startup success and integrating them into Iowa's entrepreneurial community. Now, let's introduce ... Read More

ISA 2014 teams exceed $1 million in funds raised

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Today marks a huge milestone for ISA and for last year's teams! As of July 31, the teams from Iowa Startup Accelerator's 2014 Cohort have raised $1.065 million, mostly from private investors. A few have also received funds from programs led by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Nine of the ten startups are still active, and they're executing their plans nicely. Most of ... Read More

Connections Crop Up with Homegrown Talent

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George Elossais is talented. He flies drones, photographs events, shoots and edits video, and interns for ISA. This summer, we added him to our staff as our Data Systems Intern. He’s working with our CRM systems to more centrally and seamlessly connect us to our growing network of accelerator teams, mentors, investors, and staff. We connected with George through Iowa … Read More

Our New Pre-Accelerator Program

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Last year’s application process for the Iowa Startup Accelerator was good, but there was definitely room for improvement. With 10 startups launched in 2014, we took the feedback from last year’s cycle and designed a new approach for selecting the 2015 cohort. Thus, the Pre-Accelerator program was born. First, we evaluated more than 110 applications from all over the world. ... Read More

Built By Iowa Promises $100,000 Investment for Entrepreneurs

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Built By Iowa Promises $100,000 Investment for Entrepreneurs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact Heather Stanley, Marketing and Communications Manager 319.221.1667 / Cedar Rapids, IA  November 5, 2014 Built By Iowa Pledges Big Support to Iowa Startup Accelerator Ahead of Launch Day Built By Iowa announced today it will guarantee an initial investment of $100,000 in one or more of the teams … Read More