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 / heather.stanley@geonetric.com 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

SBA Commits $50,000 To Support the Iowa Startup Accelerator

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SBA Commits $50,000 To Support the Iowa Startup Accelerator FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact Heather Stanley, Marketing and Communications Manager 319.221.1667 / heather.stanley@geonetric.com Cedar Rapids, IA – September 6, 2013 – Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it has awarded $50,000 to support the Cedar Rapids-based Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA),  as part of the SBA’s first Growth Accelerator Fund … Read More

One month until 2014 application cycle closes

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One month until 2014 application cycle closes FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact Heather Stanley, Marketing and Communications Manager 319.221.1667 / heather.stanley@geonetric.com Cedar Rapids, IA  May 21, 2014 With a little more than a month before the application deadline, the Iowa Startup Accelerator is poised to select ten teams to participate in the inaugural program. The selected teams/companies will represent some of … Read More

Iowa Startup Accelerator Sponsors Statewide Broadcast of 1 Million Cups

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Iowa Startup Accelerator Sponsors Statewide Broadcast of 1 Million Cups FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact Heather Stanley, Marketing and Communications Manager 319.221.1667 / heather.stanley@geonetric.com To help Iowa build a stronger entrepreneur network, Iowa Startup Accelerator plans to sponsor and broadcast the popular 1 Million Cups program, making it available across the state.   Cedar Rapids, IA – November 6, 2013 — Iowa’s … Read More

Iowa’s First 90-day Startup Accelerator Program Announced

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Iowa’s First 90-day Startup Accelerator Program Announced  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Media Contact Heather Stanley, Marketing and Communications Manager 319.221.1667 / heather.stanley@geonetric.com Local companies Geonetric and ImOn Communications are the founding sponsors of an innovative accelerator program to launch in summer 2014. Cedar Rapids, IA – September 9, 2013 — Eastern Iowa a top spot for entrepreneurs? It soon will be. Eric Engelmann and … Read More