Alex Taylor named managing director of Iowa Startup Accelerator

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CEDAR RAPIDS – Alex Taylor has been named the new Managing Director of the Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA).  Taylor, a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, and educator, has ambitious plans to expand the Iowa Startup Accelerator as the program enters its seventh year. “Alex brings extensive experience building and scaling businesses to NewBoCo”, said Eric Engelmann, NewBoCo’s Executive Director. “He will … Read More

The power of Agile in startups

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Here are some of the observations that I shared with them. (I asked Matt Rooda, their CEO, if I could share some of the observations in this post.) They got the big picture right; I did give them some constructive feedback on a variety of items, but they were mostly pretty nuanced details. Agile is fundamentally teaching entrepreneurs how to … Read More

NewBoCo Workiversary: Molly Monk

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On July 25, our Accelerator Program Manager Molly Monk celebrated one year with NewBoCo. Monk officially joined the nonprofit on July 25, 2016; she first got a taste of our entrepreneurial ecosystem when she participated in Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids 2016, building a company based on political satire called Snarky Cards. Over the last year she has helped recruit startups ... Read More

What happens after I pitch Corridor Angel Investors?

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If you’re selected to present to the Corridor Angels, there are three possible outcomes you should be ready for. After your presentation, usually within a few business days, our team will communicate to you where you stand. Option 1: Lots of interest from investors Usually the best case for you is that there’s significant interest from the group, typically four ... Read More

Iowa Startup Accelerator Updates: One Month Down, Eleven to Go!

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ISA Summer Batch Team, GOVRED Technologies in a mentor meeting.
Four weeks ago, three new teams joined the Iowa Startup Accelerator’s 2017 cohort. Today, Agro Connected, GOVRED Technologies, and Cargofy celebrate completing their first month in the ISA’s 12 month program. Between workshops and networking events with ISA, running their own businesses, and adjusting to their new offices in Vault Coworking, they've been busy! Since all three teams in the ... Read More

Updates from ISA – Meet the Summer Batch!

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It’s been a big week for the Iowa Startup Accelerator! Recently, we announced the three teams that we accepted into the summer batch of our 2017 cohort, and we started a How to Start a Startup program to help new entrepreneurs learn about the basics of entrepreneurship. We’re very excited to have Agro Connected, Cargofy, and GOVRED Technologies join ISA’s ... Read More

5 Reasons Why Education Startups Should Apply To ISA

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Two female students work on building a robot.
NewBoCo started out as just the Iowa Startup Accelerator, but we knew early on that it would take more than a startup accelerator to fulfill our mission: accelerating world-changing ideas, from Iowa. Startups need more than an accelerator to succeed, and ecosystems need more support than an accelerator alone can provide. That’s why we focused on introducing innovation into education ... Read More

Guest Blog: Entrepreneurs: Student Debt Doesn’t Need To Hold You Back

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Guest blogger: Nate Matherson It seems like we’re always hearing stories about young entrepreneurs launching startups or starting their own small businesses, but are young people really starting more businesses now than they were ten or twenty years ago? According to the Kaufmann Foundation, they’re not. In a recent report, they found that the large student loans that many millennials are ... Read More

Startup Cybersecurity Strategy

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Members of Girls With Ideas, an ISA portfolio team, look at a laptop.
Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Aaron Warner, a mentor for the Iowa Startup Accelerator and CEO and Lead Security Strategist at ProCircular, Inc. You can view the original post here.  In the world of startups, cybersecurity is often an afterthought. Not because budding entrepreneurs haven’t heard the horror stories, but it seldom ranks highly among things that ... Read More

Mentor Monday: How to Make Mentor Meetings More Productive

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Levi Bostian, Mentor
Stop Wasting Time in Mentor Meetings Strong mentor relationships can be the key to success for many startups. Programs like the Iowa Startup Accelerator connect startups to incredibly well connected and knowledgeable mentors, but the effectiveness of meeting with mentors depends on the teams. “As a mentor, you are there to help the teams succeed. You are not there to ... Read More