Incubator, Accelerator, and Coworking Spaces
Iowa is home to many business incubators, accelerators, and coworking facilities offering office space and other resources to assist businesses with the community and infrastructure they need to start or expand.
Innovation Incubator, Cedar Falls
The Innovation Incubator at the University of Northern Iowa
allows new companies the ability to develop linkages and a synergistic relationship with the university. 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 Patrick Luensmann
Iowa State University Research Park, Ames
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.
North Iowa Business Incubator, Mason City
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
StartupCity Spencer, 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
UI Research Park, Coralville
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.
UNI JPEC Student Incubator, Cedar Falls
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.
West Des Moines Business Incubator, West Des Moines
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Global Insurance Accelerator, Des Moines
The Global Insurance Accelerator
is a mentor-driven business accelerator designed to foster innovation in the insurance industry by supporting startups targeting the global insurance industry. Contact Brian Hemesath
Iowa Startup Accelerator, Cedar Rapids
The Iowa Startup Accelerator is an intensive program that matches tech-based startups, especially those in ag, health, education, manufacturing and transportation technology, with world-class mentors, Midwestern work ethic, seed funding and development expertise to take them from concept to successful launch in 90 days. For more information, contact Eric Engelmann at 319-382-5128.
Rural Ventures Accelerator, Boone
The Rural Ventures Accelerator (RVA) is a program of the Iowa Foundation for Microenterprise and Community Vitality (IFMCV) to provide business technical assistance to strategic rural ventures. Learn more by contacting Craig Downs at IFMCV.
Square One DSM Accelerator, Des Moines
The Square One DSM Accelerator is a full time accelerator for startup companies that are past the idea / incubation stage and are experiencing traction in the market. This full time business accelerator helps companies move from market traction to critical mass. We provide mentoring, connections, financial modeling, advice and support on raising capital along with a facility from which the startup can work. We focus on customer acquisition and scaling your business. Learn more by contacting Mike Colwell at 515-259-0380.
CoLab, Coralville/ Iowa City/ North Liberty
IC CoLab, the Coralville CoLab
, and the North Liberty CoLab
are full-time coworking spaces for startups or early stage businesses. All are spaces to collaborate and network with individuals and access resources to assist with advancing your business. For a tour or more information, contact Jeff Schweitzer
Fairfield CoLab, Fairfield
The Fairfield CoLab
provides a centralized affordable location for individuals and entrepreneurs to conduct and grow their business. While the space provides basic physical amenities such as a workspace, high-speed internet access, a conference room, and printing resources, it’s also designed to encourage collaboration among similarly minded individuals and entrepreneurs.
Gravitate Coworking, Des Moines and Pop Up Coworking, Ames
, 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. In 2016, Pop Up Coworking
was launched in Ames, with events announced on Facebook
. For more information call 515-599-0350 or email at gravitatewelchavenue.com
, located on Main Street in downtown Baxter, Iowa, is a membership based, co-working community armed with up to 1 Gpbs Internet speed, full audio/video facilities, teleconferencing equipment and an energetic, professional office environment. Rates begin at $10 for a half-day access, up to $180/mo for 24-hour daily access for our yearly subscribers. Contact Kevin Gifford at email@example.com.
inTANDEM workspace, Webster City
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.
Open Decorah, Decorah,
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.
Startup Dubuque, Dubuque
Startup Dubuque's co-working space is a convenient, professional, accessible and affordable solution for entrepreneurs, startup teams and independent professionals. Memberships and space start at $100 a month. Contact Jay Wickham, Startup Dubuque Director, at 563-588-3350 for more information.
StartupCity Spencer, Spencer
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.
Springboard Coworking, Sioux City
Springboard Coworking is a shared office space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, small businesses and any form of career nomad, looking for a vibrant community and workspace to collaborate. Located in the heart of downtown Sioux City, we’re close to legal, professional and government offices. Additionally, we’re the perfect stop off for sales professionals who need guaranteed wi-fi and a productive place to work each day. For more information, contact Diane Daby at 605-351-5807.
coworkQC, formerly known as the Creative Collection, launched in late 2016. In addition to providing businesses with Internet access, a printer and hot coffee and dedicated desks, the new location also provides small offices available for rent on an annual basis. But it's connecting like-minded entrepreneurs together that really makes the difference. Schedule a visit by calling 563-265-0966.
The Millrace, Cedar Falls
The goal of The Millrace is to bring hard working entrepreneurs together who know people and have skills to offer. Bring your networks and offer your skills, in exchange for help from others who are skilled in areas you may not be. The Millrace is a friendly community of highly motivated people who want to help. Contact Angie Steffen at 319-961-0495 for more information.
The Port at IWCC, Council Bluffs
The Port is a state-of-the-art shared -use work space for entrepreneurs, startups, small businesses and students. The work space is a newly renovated space offering entrepreneurial networking opportunities and computer information technology student interns to assist startups, nonprofits and small businesses with their I.T. needs.
Vault Coworking and Collaboration Space, Cedar Rapids
Vault is a community of founders, innovators, entrepreneurs, starters and creatives. In short, we're big idea people, and we're building the bright future of Iowa together. Join the community and get connected to inspiring people, new opportunities, resources for your projects, and if you're looking for a place to work too, we have an awesome brand new shared office.
Veel Hoeden, Pella
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.
UNI Purple Cat Cowork, Cedar Falls
With a convenient campus location, entrepreneurs have an easy avenue to access the resources of UNI in a way that many startups cannot. For more information, contact Patrick Luensmann at 319-273-4335.