Two Iowans accepted into Future Founders Alumni Accelerator

Future Founders, a nonprofit organization focused on helping youth become entrepreneurs, announced the 36 entrepreneurs who will be part of the 2020 Future Founders National Fellowship Alumni Accelerator.

Two Iowa founders—Matthew Rooda and Mikayla Sullivan—were accepted into the accelerator.

Rooda, founder of Cedar Rapids-based SwineTech, participated in Future Founders’ 2017 Fellowship program. Sullivan, CEO and co-founder of Kinosol was a participant in the 2018 Fellowship.

The Alumni Accelerator is a program designed to engage those Fellowship alumni who have demonstrated significant traction as founders and have taken intentional steps to work on their businesses full-time.

Participating founders will benefit from a national peer community of millennial founders, mentoring by our Entrepreneurs in Residence, entrepreneurship retreats, and volunteer opportunities through Future Founders programs. Select founders from the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Fellowship cohorts were invited to participate in this year’s accelerator.

“Through the Alumni Accelerator, Future Founders continues to support our most promising founders, giving them additional runway to grow sustainable companies,” said Scott Issen, President & CEO, Future Founders, in an announcement. “The program will build on the success from our first four cohorts that have generated over $17.7 million in revenue, secured $12.4 million in capital and created 317 jobs.”

Click here to see all 36 entrepreneurs accepted into the program.

Previous coverage

KinoSol’s solar dehydrators now available in the U.S. -July 30, 2019

SwineTech is using artificial intelligence to save piglets -Sept. 13, 2018