Metrics so far: ISA cohort teams surpass $2.6 million in funds raised

Jessalyn HoldcraftAngel Investing, StartupsLeave a Comment

There are many high-quality accelerator programs in the U.S. And there's some that do almost nothing for the startups they work with. How do you know if an accelerator program is working? From our perspective, there are a number of metrics we focus on. Some of these we've posted directly on our portfolio overview page. In some cases, these measures ... Read More

Gearing up for tech and entrepreneur-focused summer camp series for kids – and more!

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Gearing up for tech and entrepreneur-focused summer camp series for kids – and more! At ISA’s Launch Day in November, we announced that in 2016 we’d be aggressively growing several of our programs, including tech training for kids through our Imagination Iowa initiative. Until now, that has mostly consisted of twice-a-month, volunteer-led coding clubs called Coder Dojo. The dojos usually ... Read More

Imagination Iowa Expands PreK-12 STEAM Programs, Starts Summer Camp Series

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Media Contact Jessalyn Holdcraft, Marketing & Communications Coordinator jessalyn@iowastartupaccelerator.com Cedar Rapids, IA, January 19, 2016 Imagination Iowa Expands PreK-12 STEAM Programs, Starts Summer Camp Series Imagination Iowa, an initiative of Iowa Startup Accelerator, is expanding its staff and launching a new summer camp series for kids. “We’ve run CoderDojo, our coding camps for kids, every two weeks for the past … Read More

Imagination Iowa and the Cedar Rapids School District Team Up to Help Kids Complete an Hour of Code

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Media Contact Jessalyn Holdcraft, Marketing & Communications Coordinator jessalyn@iowastartupaccelerator.com Cedar Rapids, IA, December 11, 2015 Imagination Iowa and the Cedar Rapids School District Team Up to Help Kids Complete an Hour of Code 750 students completed an Hour of Code thanks to a partnership between Imagination Iowa and the Cedar Rapids School District. Led by Imagination Iowa Lead Mentor David … Read More

Support Imagination Iowa this Giving Tuesday (or any Tuesday)

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This Giving Tuesday in honor of Computer Science Education Week, Iowa Startup Accelerator is asking our community of supporters to donate to Imagination Iowa. Wait, what’s Imagination Iowa? I thought that Iowa Startup Accelerator was a program to help launch successful startups! The 90-day accelerator program is only a part of what we do at ISA. Granted, it’s a big … Read More

Support Imagination Iowa this Giving Tuesday (or any Tuesday)

Jessalyn HoldcraftEducation, Imagination IowaLeave a Comment

This Giving Tuesday in honor of Computer Science Education Week, Iowa Startup Accelerator is asking our community of supporters to donate to Imagination Iowa. Wait, what's Imagination Iowa? I thought that Iowa Startup Accelerator was a program to help launch successful startups. The 90-day accelerator program is only a part of what we do at ISA. Granted, it's a big ... Read More

Level Up! Free coworking for ISA teams and worldwide GAN Accelerator graduates

Jessalyn HoldcraftCoworking, StartupsLeave a Comment

This year's cohort ended with an amazing Launch Day celebration with 900 people in attendance and 300 more via streaming. But what happens next for these teams? We've created several options to better support 2015 and 2014 portfolio companies, and some of them are also available to other accelerator graduates as well. For ISA graduates: 10x Level Up Program ISA ... Read More

8 Companies Launch from the 2015 Cohort of the Iowa Startup Accelerator

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8 Companies Launch from the 2015 Cohort of the Iowa Startup Accelerator Media Contact Jessalyn Holdcraft, Marketing & Communications Coordinator jessalyn@iowastartupaccelerator.com Cedar Rapids, IA, November 5, 2015 8 Companies Launch from the 2015 Cohort of the Iowa Startup Accelerator Flowers, taxis, golfers, caregivers, piglets, music, nonprofits, oh my! Iowa Startup Accelerator’s eight teams launched tonight with about 900 of their … Read More

Iowa Startup Accelerator Doubles Staff Size in Second Year

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Iowa Startup Accelerator Doubles Staff Size in Second Year Media Contact Jessalyn Holdcraft, Marketing & Communications Coordinator 319.382.5498 / jessalyn@iowastartupaccelerator.com Cedar Rapids, IA, September 23, 2015 Iowa Startup Accelerator Doubles Staff in Second Year As the Iowa Startup Accelerator gets its second program underway, it has doubled the size of its staff with its newest hire for Director of Development Kaitlin Oswood. “ISA … Read More