Incubator, Accelerator, Co-work, and Wet Lab Facilities
Iowa is home to many business incubators, accelerators, cowork, and wet-lab facilities offering office space and other resources to assist businesses with the community and infrastructure they need to start or expand.
The Business Innovation Zone
(BIZ) of Central Iowa helps entrepreneurs with idea development, business model development, strategy, market validation, financial and business plans. The BIZ provides direct mentoring and consulting, along with networking opportunities. Learn more about BIZ by contacting Mike Colwell
Entrepreneurial Development Center, Inc.
in Cedar Rapids connects entrepreneurial needs with qualified community and state resources to provide hands-on professional business direction. While working with both emerging and existing Iowa-based businesses, EDC supports the development and commercialization of new products, services and technologies. For more information, contact Curt Nelson
, an entrepreneurial center of gravity in Des Moines, is a large co-cworking space with seating for up to 40 people at a time. Members can utilize many amenities such as a lounge and cafe, offices, event space, and video studio. For more information call 515-599-0350 or email at gravitatewelchavenue.com
The Innovation Incubator at the University of Northern Iowa
and Purple Cat CoWork
allows new companies the ability to develop linkages and a synergistic relationship with the university. With a convenient campus location, you and your firm will have an easy avenue to access the resources of the University of Northern Iowa
in a way that many start ups cannot. Our mission is to help start up firms in the Cedar Valley reduce their risks and accelerate their growth via technical assistance and the creation of a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem. Contact Dan Beenken
is a community of like-minded professionals based in Webster City who want a different kind of place to work. A place where they can be inspired and inspire others. A place where they can have access to all the amenities of a large office but without the large price. Contact Darcy Swon
at 515-835-0437 for more information.
Iowa State University Research Park has provided space and business development services to start up and growth focused technology companies for 25 years. The result is an entrepreneurial support infrastructure composed of numerous peer businesses, professional services and University resources. Co-working facilities are provided at the Park’s incubator and consist of small private offices and Internet access. The Park features technology and wet-lab incubators, testing labs and resource centers dedicated to business success and all available on an as-needed basis. The Park’s relationship with Iowa State University, as well as with the federal labs in the area, allows entrepreneurs to gain access to a wealth of knowledge in a wide variety of fields. Contact Mike Upah at 515-296-7828 for more information.
The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's R. J. McElroy Student Business Incubator's mission is to help student entrepreneurs start and grow their ventures. Our center is one of five across Iowa, and we specialize in providing business consulting, workshops/trainings, and networking events. With a dedicated in-house accountant, UNI is a great choice for those students who might be thinking about launching their own company while earning their degree. To learn more about the student incubator, contact Katherine Kota-Uyar, Associate Director.
Northeast Iowa Business Accelerator provides advisory services and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs, Angel investors, strategic institutional investors, developers, vendors of professional services, financial services firms, community development organizations and local governments located in Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque and Jackson Counties. Get in touch with Brian Dalziel at 563-556-4166 X250 for more information.
The North Iowa Business Incubator is mixed use incubation space for the temporary development of start up businesses. Tenant occupancy is typically up to 36 months. The incubator features all the traditional services of mixed use incubation with additional non-traditional services made possible by its incorporation into the North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC). For more information about the incubation/acceleration services, contact Daniel Winegarden at 641-422-4191.
The North Liberty CoLab in North Liberty is a full-time coworking space for startups or early stage businesses. North Liberty CoLab is a space to collaborate and network with individuals and resources to assist with advancing your business. For a tour or more information, contact Jeff Schweitzer at 319-621-2335.
Open Decorah is located in downtown Decorah, Iowa. They work with the community and offer work space for small, start-up businesses. The co-working space is there to help independent and start-up ventures bypass rote logistical obstacles, like obtaining office or workshop space. Providing a free-form collaborative environment for sharing resources, expertise, and ideas. High speed internet is provided as well as videoconferencing technology. They work with clients to ensure that their businesses have strong communication and relationships with their own customers. They also have a very unique feature: a guest room for clients traveling to Decorah so they can both work and rest directly in the same building. The Open Decorah mission is to strengthen the community by providing a co-working environment to work, gather, share, and learn. Contact Ross Hadley at 563-379-3167 for more information.
The Rural Development Resource Center, located in Red Oak, assists twenty-two counties. They provide start-up and expansions of small to mid-size retail, service and manufacturing businesses technical assistance, such as business training/plans, feasibility studies, capitalization support, marketing feasibility studies/plans, business evaluations, e-commerce support and producer/grower technical assistance. This center was started through funding provided by Iowa State University, Iowa West Foundation, the Iowa Department of Economic Development and the USDA. Contact Angie Rae Duncan for more information at 712-623-5521.
StartupCity Des Moines is a technology startup incubator located on Silicon Sixth Avenue in downtown Des Moines. They provide active mentoring, educational curriculum, services, and a workspace conducive to peer sharing for their resident startups. For more information, email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
StartupCity Spencer is an incubator based in Spencer, Iowa. The model closely follows that of StartupCity Des Moines. They provide mentoring, educational curriculum, services, and a workspace conductive to peer sharing for their resident businesses. Key contact is Leann Jacobson.
University of Iowa Research Park, BioVentures Center, and Technology Innovation Center: The UI Research Park leases building sites and space to growing companies and provides two business incubator programs—the BioVentures Center and the Technology Innovation Center—for start-ups and new ventures from established companies. The BioVentures Center provides quality wet-lab and office space for life-science companies. Tenants can access an array of university amenities and services. The Technology Innovation Center (TIC) provides office space to new technology-based ventures that do not require wet labs. Corporate tenants can access services available at the BioVentures Center, plus additional amenities. For information contact Stephanie Dengler, Director of Operations at 319-384-2741.
Veel Hoeden is Iowa’s first rural co-working space located in downtown Pella; serving the needs of startups, small businesses, and entrepreneurs. They provide a space where collaboration, community, and idea achievement can flourish. Contact Joel Bennett, Chief Dreamchaser, by phone at 641-780-7858.
VentureNet Iowa helps Iowa grow its economy and qualified workforce in order to sustain its economic future. VentureNet Iowa helps build companies through assisting entrepreneurs who have an idea for a product or a service and helping them develop the structure, create the model, and assemble an effective management team. For more information, contact Jenny Condon at 515-471-1300.
The Waverly Area Small Business Incubator and Consultation Center provides community centered, coordinated support for entrepreneurs who wish to start new profit or nonprofit business. The strategy includes assisting existing businesses in expanding and growing; preventing startup leakage to other communities; and keeping local talent and values in the community. Call 319-352-4694 or email information@WASBICC.com to learn more.
The West Des Moines Business Incubator was formed to foster a climate for entrepreneurial activity and to assist in the growth of small businesses within West Des Moines. The WDM Incubator has office space for up to 17. Contact Jo Eckert by phone at 515-222-3621 or email@example.com.