IWLC, Iowa Startup Accelerator partner to launch Pipeline Angels in the Corridor

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Cedar Rapids, IA, April 18, 2016

IWLC, Iowa Startup Accelerator partner to launch Pipeline Angels in the Corridor

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Iowa Startup Accelerator and Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC) today announced that they are teaming up to form a female investor group in conjunction with Pipeline Angels founder Natalia Oberti Noguera.

On April 25 during her visit to Cedar Rapids for the IWLC Women’s Leadership Conference, Ms. Oberti Noguera will meet with accredited female investors to launch the Pipeline Angels program in Cedar Rapids. This will be the first Pipeline Angels chapter in Iowa. Female accredited investors and female entrepreneurs are invited. Learn more and register for the meeting here.

Pipeline Angels, a network of new and seasoned women investors, is changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. Pipeline Angels holds a signature bootcamp for new investors and a signature pitch summit for startups looking for funding. To date, more than 180 women have graduated from its signature angel investing bootcamp and more than 20 companies have secured funding from Pipeline Angels. Pipeline Angels has invested over $1.7M in women-led for-profit social ventures via its signature Pitch Summit process.

Iowa Startup Accelerator and IWLC have partnered on a number of initiatives focused on engaging and encouraging more female entrepreneurs in Iowa. Having a thriving and active investor network interested in women-led companies is a goal for both organizations. Other efforts include the formation of the Women’s Entrepreneurship (WE) Collaboration Council, a coalition of organizations that meet quarterly to promote and create resources specifically for Iowa’s female entrepreneurs.

About Iowa Startup Accelerator

Iowa Startup Accelerator is an intensive program that matches tech-based startups, especially those in ag, health, education, manufacturing, and transportation technology, with world-class mentors, Midwestern work ethic, seed funding, and development expertise to take them from concept to successful launch in 90 days.

About IWLC

Iowa Women Lead Change is dedicated to the development, promotion and advancement of women, the organizations they serve and to impacting the greater Iowa economy. Since 2007, IWLC – originally known as the Iowa Women’s Leadership Conference – has staged events attracting more than 14,000 women and men from across the Midwest. IWLC is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization and welcomes inquiries from grant makers, individual contributors, and other funding partners who share its passion for women’s leadership.