Iowa Startup Accelerator showcases 2015 cohort

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Members of the 2014 cohort of the Iowa Startup Accelerator (ISA) made their pitches to an audience of more than 900 at Launch Day in downtown Cedar Rapids recently.

ISA’s 2015 program began in August and included more than a hundred mentors and market researchers. The teams received $20,000 in exchange for six percent equity in their companies.

According to a news release from ISA. the following nine teams pitched at Launch Day this year:

  • CareAcademy, offering a web-based training program for in-home caregivers of children and older adults. The company finished the accelerator with nine client agencies.
  • CareDrop, is a nonprofit providing respite care for caregivers based in Cedar Rapids. The startup is ISA’s corporate innovation pilot sponsored by Geonetric and Mercy Medical Center.
  • EarMashin, a company building a music discover app based in Los Angeles, ended the program excited to discover the music scene in Iowa. Founder Ash Naguib said the company uses technology to help artists gain exposure regardless of their locations.
  • GolfRz, a Des Moines company that builds mobile apps for private golf clubs, launched its first app and added two individuals to the team during the 90-day accelerator.
  • GoQuets is blazing trails in the online floral industry with a different approach from what the giants in the industry offer. GoQuets saw sales increase 370 percent during the accelerator.
  • Stratbase founder David Shafer uses his coding skills coupled with an MBA to create a tool to help nonprofits with strategic planning. Early adopters are the fire department in Newport News, Virginia, and the San Francisco-based To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation.
  • SwineTech has developed the SwineGuard a device drawing on  technology to help pig farmers reduce losses due to the early death of piglets. The group built prototypes and acquired a CTO during their stint with ISA.
  • TaxiTapp has built an app to help taxi companies to compete against Uber and Lyft. The app goes live any day now in Cedar Falls and in Mobile, Alabama.

A tenth business, Home Scene Pro, an ecommerce startup from New York City, also presented. The company has built a website to provide home maintenance and repair professionals for consumers while giving experience and career placement assistance to graduates from trade and technical schools around the country.

“I am so proud of these teams, of how much progress they made in just fourteen weeks,” Eric Engelmann, ISA managing director, said. “All of them were driven, focused, able to make big things happen, and take advantage of everything ISA had to offer. I’m excited to see their progress as they launch.”

Iowa Startup Accelerator is an intensive program that matches tech-based startups, especially those in agriculture, health, education, manufacturing and transportation technology, with mentors, seed funding and development expertise to take them from concept to successful launch in 90 days.

Source: Iowa Startup Accelerator

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