NewBoCo’s entrepreneurial​ programs now accepting applications

Iowa Startup Accelerator The Gazette interviews Kho Labs during the ISA media event (from left) The Gazette Business Reporter Matthew Patane talks with Business Bryce Colston, Kho Labs CEO and Founder Ian Warner. NewBoCo/Jessalyn Holdcraft

Applications are now open for NewBoCo’s entrepreneurial programs including the Iowa Startup Accelerator and the Social Good Accelerator.

Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA), is accepting applications for the fall batch of its 2018 cohort. ISA focuses on idea-stage tech startups with ties to Iowa’s key industries including agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation and education.

Accepted teams receive an investment from the ISA Fund, educational workshops, mentorship, coaching, and access to resources to help build their business better.

“ISA is in its fifth year and we’ve made 35 investments so far,” NewBoCo Accelerator Managing Director David Tominsky said in the press release. We’re continuing to see applications from around the world, but we are laser-focused on startups that are here or plan to stay and grow here in Cedar Rapids.”

NewBoCo’s Social Good Accelerator, Iowa’s first and only accelerator program for nonprofits, is accepting applications for two funded spots this fall. The two nonprofit teams accepted into Social Good Accelerator will receive funding, mentorship and training alongside the other startups in the Iowa Startup Accelerator.

The first Social Good Accelerator team, GSI Works, started the 12-month program in March.

The deadline to apply to ISA and apply to the Social Good Accelerator is Saturday, July 28.