Middle Bit: Alex Taylor named Managing Director of Iowa Startup Accelerator

Alex Taylor has been named the new Managing Director of the Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA). 

Taylor, a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, and educator, has plans to expand the Iowa Startup Accelerator as the program enters its seventh year.

“NewBoCo and the ISA are tremendous resources for the region and state,” said Taylor in an announcement. “They offer coworking space and a range of helpful expertise to startup founders in Iowa, including marketing, technology, operations and business development. I look forward to being part of this dynamic team to help organizations grow and succeed in Iowa.”   

Taylor’s career has included time with McLeodUSA, Parsons Technology, LIVEware5, Dell Computer Corporation, Efunds, and most recently Digital Diagnostics in Coralville. In addition to helping establish the Tippie Executive MBA program for the University of Iowa, Taylor continues his teaching appointment as adjunct faculty.

Taylor brings ambitious plans to the Iowa Startup Accelerator in his new role. In addition to increasing statewide awareness and accessibility to the startup accelerator program, Taylor aims to enhance the 13-week program with additional business and educational components and mentoring resources. He also seeks to build ongoing programs and resources to continue the growth and support of participating businesses beyond the 13-week accelerator program.

Iowa Technology Summit goes virtual, opens registration

This year’s Iowa Technology Summit will take place virtually on September 28-29.

This year’s event is free to attend and will include access to online sessions focused on cybersecurity, customer experience, leadership, and innovation from Iowa tech leaders.

This full speaker lineup and agenda have not yet been announced but will be released soon.  

Registration now open for InsurTech Week 2020

Registration is open now for the 2020 InsurTech Week, hosted virtually this year by the Global Insurance Accelerator on Oct. 12-16.

20 growth-stage insurtech companies will highlight the week alongside more than 25 of the GIA’s alumni companies from the past six 100-day #accelerator programs.

Check out the full schedule and register here