Iowa Startup Accelerator Announces Inaugural Class of Startups

August 5, 2014

12:29 pm

Yesterday, the Iowa Startup Accelerator announced the ten startups that will be participating in its inaugural class. The accelerator officially began with all ten startups yesterday, and the program will last for 90 days. At the end of this period, each startup will present to potential customers and investors at demo day.

Created in 2013, the Iowa Startup Accelerator aims to attract and cultivate early-stage startups into the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor. Picked from more than 130 applications, the ten selected startups span various industries – from agriculture and manufacturing to health care and transportation – and come from places as far as Australia and Israel.

“We’re impressed with the number of applications we received as well as the quality of the startups that applied,” says Iowa Startup Accelerator program manager David Tominsky in a statement. “This class has an interesting mix of expertise and backgrounds and we’re excited to provide access to the knowledge, tools, and resources to get their businesses ready for investment and scale.”

All ten startup teams will receive seed funding, various entrepreneurial training, and access to a wide network of mentors. They also get the opportunity to work out of the new, entrepreneurial hub/building in the New Bohemia neighborhood, which we reported on yesterday.

Here’s the list of all ten startups:

Clikhome (New York): A software platform that verifies property information, matches renters and apartment property owners, and allows renters to rent directly from the website.

Kids Calendar (Kansas): A hyper-local media platform that makes it easy for businesses to market their programs and services to parents.

Kyoger (Iowa): A cloud-based platform to manage business processes and create standard operating procedures in industrial and manufacturing settings.

ProduceRun (Australia): Allows food producers to market their products instantly to the end consumer online, cutting out the middlemen.

Punctil (California): A mobile app that eliminates patient no-shows, wait times, and bad debt for doctors.

Re-App (Iowa): A mobile app that enables users to measure and track their commitments to being green, one item at a time.

Shop Tutors (Delware): A software platform that provides booking, payment, payroll, and analytics for tutors in educational institutions.

SwarmBuild (Israel): An online marketplace for designs and digital fabrication, including 3D printing, CNC, and laser cutting.

Venuefox (Iowa): The first online guided event planner, bringing venues, vendors, and fresh ideas together when it’s time to start planning an event.

Vinveli (Texas): A software platform to manage fleets of unmanned aerial vehicles.


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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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