Six companies join Iowa Startup Accelerator for spring cohort

Six new companies have joined the Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA) program for the spring of 2021.

“The spring startup cohort has an interesting mix of products and services that makes for fascinating discussions, discoveries and perspectives,” said ISA Managing Director Alex Taylor in a release. “It’s fun to work with these founders, and watch them collaborate to help each other solve problems and grow their businesses.”

The accelerator is an intensive 14-week program that matches Iowa-based startups with mentors, seed funding, and product development expertise. The ISA Spring Cohort will graduate in time to be featured during EntreFEST 2021 in Cedar Rapids on June 10 and 11. 

The following six startups are participating in the in the spring 2021 ISA cohort: 

Steel Therapeutics – Iowa City

A startup biotech company focused on getting the FDA approval for pharmaceutical therapies in the pharmacy compounding sector. Specifically, the initial product is a unique and convenient delivery solution for a pharmaceutical compound to treat a common medical condition, improve compliance, and increase efficacy.

Presaj – Cedar Rapids

An accessible digital tool (i.e., app, website, plug-in) that gives healthcare providers access at the point of care to quantified patient-specific risk factors that accurately identifies procedural and/or prescriptive risk-factors for common medical and surgical procedures. As a result, physicians and other care-providers will improve medical treatment and corresponding results for patients, mitigate potential mistakes, and lower overall medical costs for the organization.

Lotus Razors – Ames 

A circular razor that improves the consumer’s shaving experience and results.  This ergonomic circular design allows the product to move in any direction, eliminates cuts, reduces irritation, and lasts longer than conventional razors.

Stagerie – Clive

An online tool/service that provides specific staging recommendations and instructions for homeowners and realtors to improve home appearance and marketability for better open-houses, showings, and sales results.  

Curbicus – Clear Lake

A patent-pending, lightweight, easy-to-use vacuum device that “picks up” and disposes dog waste in a clean, hands-free and environmentally safe way with self-closing compostable capsules. 

Sevelyn – Clive

Sevelyn is an online marketplace for Teletherapy services for Latinos in the U.S. Through its platform Sevelyn connects Latino patients to licensed, board-certified Therapists and Psychologists in Latin America who understand the latino culture, language, beliefs, and daily mental health challenges faced by Latinos in the U.S.


The six participating companies receive seed capital; coaching sessions; educational workshops; access to a mentor pool of experienced founders and industry experts; and software and technical support.

Anna Gannon, the founder of Curbicu, said the company joined the Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA) as part of its plans to launch nationwide later this year. “The Iowa Startup Accelerator really understands our mission and goals for growth and success. Also, the ISA’s network and mentorship are extremely valuable.”

The ISA program is a full-time commitment for participants, and is being conducted virtually due to COVID-19 precautions.

Capital for the program is provided through the $30 Million ISA Ventures Fund.

ISAV is working with a portfolio of 18 different startups at various stages of accelerator investment. Each progressive stage—Foundation, Growth, Scaleup, and Expansion—comes with increased investment opportunities along with an appropriate range of Accelerator programming, all designed to advance and grow the startups to gain market traction and business success. 

Previous coverage

Iowa Startup Accelerator’s new expanded programming helps startups at all stages -Feb. 24, 2021

ISA Ventures raises $15 million to invest in Iowa-based companies -Aug. 3, 2020