Accelerators & Incubators

From the start of an innovative idea through to commercial launch and sales, Iowa’s robust ecosystem provides resources to support founders through each stage of the startup process. Many programs include networking and mentorship opportunities to connect with and learn from the global leaders who call Iowa home.

Connect, learn and grow

A unique combination of programs from public, private and university sectors are tailored to the specific needs of companies at every stage of development.  Reach out to learn more and determine which is the best fit. 

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ISU Research Park

ISU Startup Factory

Ag Startup Engine

A growing tech community and incubator for startups and expanding businesses, providing access to the vast resources available at Iowa State from talent pipeline management to specialized equipment to access to the research infrastructure.  A unique 52-week program powered by Iowa State University takes a startup from the lab to investor ready. Selected entrepreneurs receive formal training, resources, and access to a network of business advisors and investors.  A private systematic program to fund Midwest agtech entrepreneurs and help them toward success through mentorship and financial support. 

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Iowa Go-To-Market (G2M) Accelerator


SBIR/STTR Programs

A unique follow-on program to continue learning, connecting and scaling to position a startup for investment, expand base of Iowa connections and become a well-rounded leader.  An accelerator that runs programs for all stages of startups and growing businesses while focusing on companies that authentically believe in making the world a better place.

Operated through BioConnect Iowa, the program is designed to increase the rate of successful grant applications for Iowa’s innovative businesses seeking federal grants and contracts through the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research & Technology Outreach Programs. 

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