Funds up to $70K per team
Takes 6-12% equity
Funds 10 startups per year
Markets Agriculture Education Hardware Health/Medical Manufacturing +11
Invests in North America United States
Iowa Startup Accelerator is an intensive, structured program for Iowa’s entrepreneurs. Entering ISA is a 12 month commitment to work with ISA staff and mentors to build your business, but you have significant flexibility in how, when and where you work. There are also three times that you can join the program: Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Once you’re accepted into ISA, you’re required to:

Be in Cedar Rapids for the orientation program during the first week;
Be in Cedar Rapids on Fridays for sprint demos, retrospectives, mentor meetings, and other programming.
On every other day, you’re working on your business, from Cedar Rapids (which we strongly recommend), or anywhere else.
Exceptional founders only...
Iowa Startup Accelerator is an intensive, structured program for Iowa’s entrepreneurs. Entering ISA is a 12 month commitment to work with ISA staff and mentors to build your business, but you have significant flexibility in how, when and where you work. There are also three times that you can join the program: Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Once you’re accepted into ISA, you’re required to:

Be in Cedar Rapids for the orientation program during the first week;
Be in Cedar Rapids on Fridays for sprint demos, retrospectives, mentor meetings, and other programming.
On every other day, you’re working on your business, from Cedar Rapids (which we strongly recommend), or anywhere else.
Exceptional founders only
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David Tominsky
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David Tominsky Managing Director Where education and entrepreneurship collide, you will find me.
Eric Engelmann
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Eric Engelmann Executive Director Managing Director, Iowa Startup Accelerator
Molly Monk
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Molly Monk Program Manager

Recommendations

Trace Steffen I am the CEO and Product Owner of our development team. at HowFactory

Simply put, our company HowFactory would not be where it is today without Eric, David, and the Iowa Startup Accelerator. From the ISA to TechCrunch Disrupt, Eric took our raw materials & applied mentorship at a critical time in our company's foundation. The ISA's guidance has been a key factor in our company's rapid growth.

They care so deeply about our success that they kick doors open, rather than expect them to be opened. Though there may be more prestigious accelerators, I believe there is a magic taking place in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Strengths: Unprecedented access to mentors and expertise, First class facility, run by an experienced team, They give a crap about you, The community gives a crap about you too.

Weaknesses(?): Location and prestige. Not one of the premier accelerators… Yet. So what if you don't have access to the big city life? You're building a startup, you don't have time for that. You're not here for the party. Keep building.

Kenny Stevenson

HowFactory participated in the first ever ISA cohort in 2014. It was an amazing experience! The ISA staff put everything they have into the startups they accept. I have never spent time around such highly motivated, resource rich, and overall good people in my life. If you apply, be ready to work. They are going work you like you have never been worked before but the results are amazing. We accomplished more in that three months then we ever could have dreamed. You really do accomplish two years of work in three months. The connections we made have made the difference to our business. It would have taken us years to make the connections with investors, customers and mentors. I can’t say enough good things about these folks. If you are serious about your startup, and about building serious value, take the leap and apply!

Jerod Mollenhauer COO at Venuefox

The Iowa Startup Accelerator is a phenomenal opportunity to take your business to the next level. The staff, mentors, investors, facility, curriculum, and location makes this opportunity one in a million. In addition to the aforementioned, this accelerator is in a medium sized midwest city where the entire community is more than happy to help a startup business. Venuefox would not be where it is today without the help and continued support of the ISA.

Blake Rupe Co-Founder at Re-APP

The Iowa Startup Accelerator was the jump start my company needed to launch successfully. The 3 month program was designed by the staff to be rigorous, challenging, and impactful so that by the end of the program we developed successful startups with revenues and clients. This program is not for the faint of heart, as the program leaders will demand everything you have because they want to see you succeed.
The most beneficial parts of the program are the mentor matching and customer discovery. The ISA commanded focus on those areas because they have a firm belief in marketplace validation. Over 100 of the most qualified and distinguished mentors helped us refine our business models and move our companies forward. Without these two components, none of our companies would have been successful.
I recommend the ISA to any team that has a solid business idea and the drive to make it a reality. The ISA is challenging, but you are stronger leaders and companies in the end because of it.